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How to Tell Your Boss You’re Quitting – Nicely.

How to Tell Your Boss You’re Quitting – Nicely.

Thinking about leaving your job and actually quitting are two completely different things. If you’re certain about the latter, then you need to deal with how to tell your boss you’re quitting. It’s a huge step that solidifies your decision, so you need to do it correctly or not at all. 

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Even if you absolutely hate your current job, you don’t want to tell your boss off before you go. You want to keep things professional, always. If you don’t know how to approach your resignation notice, or if you need some advice before you give your speech a go, take a look at the tips we’ve compiled below for how to tell your boss you’re quitting. 

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How to Tell Your Boss You’re Quitting

Whether you need help formulating how to tell your boss you’re quitting or need to know how to handle any aftermath, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to learn more. 

Advice for Telling Your Boss You Quit

Preparing yourself for how to tell your boss you’re quitting doesn’t have to stress you out if you take all of the necessary steps into consideration. To help you formulate your speech and leave your boss wishing you’d stay, read below for our advice. 

If You Have Another Job Lined Up

If you plan to quit your current job because you have another position lined up, you’ll want to give yourself and the company you currently work for time to adjust and compensate for your impending absence. In order to do this, it would be best to tell your boss that you’re quitting with a two weeks notice along with a letter of resignation stating your two-week notice. 


Giving your boss two weeks’ notice is common courtesy; it gives them enough time to assess the situation and appropriately replace you within an adequate time frame. The space between your current job and your new one also gives you time to maintain an income before leaving and gives you time to get ready for the change

Not to mention, giving ample notice of your departure is a lot more polite than leaving abruptly during a work week, especially if you work a job that has a high-demand or has limited staff. 

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If You Don’t Have Another Job Lined Up

Just because you plan to quit your job doesn’t mean you have to have a plan-b occupation in your pocket. If your current job isn’t right for you and you want to leave, that’s ok. No one’s stopping you from telling your boss the bad news. 

However, it might be smart to have another plan in place, or at least look for another job before you hand in your two-week notice. Otherwise, you may want to stick it out at your job a little bit longer. Having a job lined up makes for an easy-out and will help you maintain an income. It will also provide an explanation for why you plan to leave rather than an “I just don’t like it here” explanation. 


That said, not having another career choice lined up is still ok. When you have to tell your boss you quit, think it through beforehand with a clear, polite explanation as to why you need to quit. While you don’t have to go into great detail as to why you’re quitting, your boss will want an explanation of some sort, and you want that explanation to be a good one. 

Be Polite

First and foremost, no matter the reason you plan to quit, you need to tell your boss politely. Even if you absolutely despise your current job, nothing displays character like a courteous departure. Plus, some jobs in the future may ask for references from previous employers. If you burn the bridge with your current job, you dissolve any potential reference there. 

Some employers also keep records of exit-interviews. While you’ll want to express honesty during your exit interview, you want to keep it courteous and polite to show that you respect the business in case a new employer reaches out to learn more about your character and time in the position. 

Offer Your Assistance

Taking the politeness factor a step further when you tell your boss you’re quitting, you can extend your assistance. For example, after letting your boss know about your change, ask them if there’s anything you can do to help with the transition, such as recommendations for replacements or a time frame that works best for them. 

Extending your kindness and assistance shows that you respect your boss and the company and don’t want to leave them in the dust while you move onto bigger and better things. An employer is more likely to remember you if you take this extra-mile in assistance rather than who turns in two weeks’ notice letter and hopes for the best. 



Set-Up an In-Person Meeting

While texting and email are much easier, setting up an in-person meeting with your boss to tell them you’re quitting is far more professional and reflective of your character as a kind, respectful individual. 

Reach out to your boss and ask what time works best for them; you want them to feel comfortable and relaxed rather than ambushed during a shift with a blunt resignation statement or email. With an in-person meeting, you not only come off as professional and courteous, but that you value your employer’s time. 

The in-person meeting will also open up conversation. During this time, you can express your gratitude for the opportunity your employer gave you and welcome any pertinent questions that he/she might have for you. 

Ultimately, the face-to-face meeting is all around your best option for leaving a good impression and for coherently expressing your deadline in a professional manner

Prepare Yourself for Questions

When you tell your boss you’re quitting, it may not be a no-questions-asked scenario, so you need to prepare yourself for the possible onslaught of questions or propositions. Your boss may ask what they need to do on their end to make you stay, or might question you as to why you want to leave; was it something they did to prompt your departure.

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Instead of facing panic as it arises, prepare yourself for any potential questions or concerns your boss may ask. That way, you’ll have an appropriate and well-thought-out response at the ready. Preparation also shows that you didn’t think to quit as a spur of the moment kind of thing but that you’ve put thought into the decision  

Express Gratitude

As mentioned above, you want to make sure that you thank your employer for the opportunity they gave you and everything you’ve learned from them in the course of your employment. Also, you’ve more than likely acquired more skills or at least honed your existing abilities which makes you more marketable to future employers. 

Your current boss is the reason behind your newly attuned capabilities, and they deserve thanks for that. In fact, they may be the reason you were able to advance to a new job which is why you’re leaving. 

It would be best to thank your boss both in person and in your resignation letter, but either/or will work as well as long as you remember to thank them. Not only does it show your gratitude and respect for your boss, it shows that you want to leave on good terms and that you appreciate having been able to work for the company. 

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Hand-in an Official Resignation Letter

It’s one thing to tell your boss you’re quitting, it’s another to turn in the official notice. This is essential in solidifying your departure and illustrates clearly that you intend to leave. Just as you would sign a contract when buying a house, you want to turn in a resignation letter to officially quit your job. 

It’s unlikely to happen, but an employer may not take you at your word that you plan to leave by a certain date. A letter of resignation gives your employer an official and credible word that elucidates your plan. 

The resignation letter is also your last source to leave a good impression. It’s here that you not only leave an end-date to your employment, but further illustrate your gratitude and your ability to assist in the transitioning process. Plus, people like getting letters. It’s a personal touch that amplifies your sentiments for the job, and employers will appreciate that.  

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