How to Quit Your Job by Trinity Employment, a Tulsa Staffing Company
Hi. My name’s Cory Minter with Trinity Employment Specialists here in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Today I’m going to talk about quitting your job. This is something that I think is really important for people to understand, especially professionals. Quitting your job is probably going to be a part of almost every employee that we can think of, especially in today’s generation. According to the Harvard Business Review, most people stay at their job for roughly about 4.6 years, so it’s not a huge surprise when people resign their position, and it’s not a big, huge deal. It’s not something that people look horribly on you for, especially if you’re going to a new opportunity. In today’s society, this is something that is readily accepted.
However, as a staffing company in Tulsa, I have seen and watched some of the most colorful ways that people have resigned their positions. When they do it this way … Tulsa is a very huge city in Oklahoma. In fact, it’s one of the largest, probably second behind Oklahoma City. Let me tell you something. When you are industry-specific, Tulsa is a very small town. Everyone is just one click away from almost anyone in Tulsa if they’re well-networked. If you were to decide to use one of these colorful ways of resigning your position, you never know how that’s going to impact you later on in your career when you used a colorful way to resign, and this new company, someone who was an employee at your old company is now the supervisor, and they remember that. All of a sudden, you didn’t get your career opportunity all because you decided to be colorful.
Let’s take a look at some of the better ways, just accepted ways, things you should really, really think about if you’re going to resign your position. First thing that I would recommend is just a general rule of thumb, especially with today’s norms in our society, to leave at least a 2-week notice. This is something that everyone generally thinks is acceptable. Here’s another thing. Generally, if you’re going to leave a 2-week notice, you’re probably going to be eligible for rehire, especially in most large organizations. Remember, you never know when you may have another opportunity in that organization, especially in a growing company. You never know when you might want to come back, so just leaving without leaving proper notice is not going to do you any good.
Let me just tell you how to go one step further. If you were to offer your employer to leave more than a 2-week notice, they are going to consider this to be very generous of yourself. If you ever did decide to come back, you are going to leave a great taste in your employer’s mouth whenever you leave, so if the opportunity were to ever come back where you needed to come back, good grief, they’re going to want to help other people who helped them out in a situation like that.
I recommend that if you have the opportunity, leave more or at least offer to leave more than a 2-week notice. They’re probably going to say you don’t have to, but just the fact that you offered is going to be a huge sentiment to them. In leaving your position, this is one of the best ways that you can do it, but very minimally, at least leave a 2-week notice. Don’t just leave them high and dry. It’ll never work out for you well in the end.
Okay, lastly, when you’re quitting your position, here are just some last helpful hints for you. Be transparent. Go to your employer first—or your boss first; I’m sorry—and let them know that you’re intending to leave your notice. When I mean be transparent with them, if they ask you where you’re going, it always leaves a bad taste in my mouth if I ask them, “Do you mind me ask you where you’re going and why?” and the answer is, “I would rather not say.”
To me, that’s just a really bad taste in my mouth. You don’t have to release that, and I’m always like, “Okay, I understand that,” however, people are going to find it out on LinkedIn anyway. There’s no real reason why not to release that information, but it just leaves a bad taste in your mouth when you don’t do things that are just socially decent norms to do.
The next thing is make sure that you leave in a way that you would want to be remembered. Sometimes leaving a job, there’s a lot of emotion involved, especially if this was a situation where you were just so sick of and you’ve just had it up to here. Well, don’t let your emotions during that short amount of moment ruin your reputation for years with so many of your colleagues. It can be a huge mistake. Just being transparent, be open and honest, and treating other people the way that you would want to be remembered will go a long way for you. It will help you to make sure that you don’t burn bridges with your colleagues and with your past employers, and it’ll open up doors for you later on down in your career. I hope this helps you. Thanks.