The Polite Exit: How to Quit Your Job the Right Way

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3. Don’t slack off in the time you have left
The best way to leave the door open at a company is to leave with a good final impression. Even if you know that you’ll be leaving your job in two weeks, that doesn’t mean that you can treat work like a vacation. Miller says, “Do you want to be known as someone who is responsible, who gets things done, who can be trusted and respected?  If so, carry out your responsibilities to the best of your ability, no matter the circumstance.”
 
If anything, you should try to work harder than you have in the past. It might just pay off in the long run.
 
“I actually went back to work at the job I had quit. I worked at another place in between, and it wasn't working out, so I called my old manager and she said she didn't have the hours, but she wanted to hire me back so she worked me in! I'm positive she wanted me to come back because of the attitude I had while working there, especially during my last few weeks,” says University of North Alabama student Sydney Threet.
 
4. Help out the new girl (or guy)
Remember when you were starting work and had no idea where anything was or how to do the day-to-day duties? One of the most helpful things you can do is to train your incoming replacement. Whether this means writing up a report about your basic activities on a daily basis or showing the new employee around the office, it’s good to show your boss that you have the future of the company in mind.
 
5. It doesn’t hurt to stay in touch
Even if you don’t think you’ll return to the job you’re leaving, it’s still important to maintain ties. You never know when you might want to use a former boss as a reference, in which case you’d like her to know what you’ve been up to.

Miller says, “Colleagues, peers, supervisors and others within the organization become part of your network, and you know how important your network is to your future.  So, invest in those people and they will invest in you. Connect with them on LinkedIn. Stay in touch with them. Go out to lunch with them occasionally. Keep your reputation strong and your network growing, and you’ll benefit in the long run.”
 
Also, if you’re ever hunting for a job again, your boss might be a good source of knowledge or open the door to a new position. 
 
“I have several friends who still work there and I have also stayed in touch with my bosses—one now works at another company,” says Lauren. “I am going to search for other jobs that are local or farther south first, but if I can't find anything I will definitely consider a position with the company.”
 
Quitting a job isn’t the end of the world, but there are ways to do it that will leave you in positive standing. Just be sure to follow these quick tips and chances are you can stay in your boss’s good graces!
 
Sources
Gary Alan Miller, Assistant Director for Social Media and Innovation at Career Services, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Michelle, Junior at Emerson College
Lauren Conrad, Campus Correspondent and Senior at the University of Kentucky
Sydney Threet, Contributing Writer and Junior at the University of North Alabama
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Madeline Buxton is a rising junior at Yale University, where she is majoring in English and writes for the Yale Daily News Magazine. She spent two summers as an intern at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and is spending summer 2011 as a marketing intern at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where her responsibilities include drafting press releases and writing for the museum's newsletter. While not working, she enjoys relaxing by watching romantic comedies, writing/reading in independent coffee shops, and trying out new smoothie concoctions (hint: adding coconut to anything instantly makes it better).

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