Quitting: 3 Ways to Tell Your Boss Gracefully

1. Go directly to your manager

Given that a face-to-face meeting is likely not an option at this time, set up a virtual meeting  or call your manager on the phone. Email is a last resort but can be used when circumstances warrant.

2. Know what to say when you quit your job

Are you prepared to say no to a counteroffer? What if your manager asks you to reconsider and suggests picking up the conversation in a few days? What if he or she gets emotional? (It could happen, especially if you’re a key member of the team, or you have a close relationship with your boss.)

Keep the meeting professional and, above all, don’t give in to the urge to vent any frustrations. While it may be fun to fantasize about making a dramatic exit, getting creative when quitting your job is not recommended.

3. Put your resignation in writing

What to say when quitting a job? Your resignation letter should be brief and include the following information:

  • The date of the last day you plan to work 
  • A short explanation of why you are resigning 
  • A few words of gratitude 

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