Many of us have had jobs we hate. We might not like our jobs because of the type of people we work with, the nature of the work itself, or maybe a clash with the boss or upper management. Whatever the reason, it’s not unusual – at some point in your life – to desperately want to leave and/or get a different job.
It’s important to be happy in your work in order to feel properly motivated and satisfied, so if you’re not happy with your current job it’s time to leave. However, in the professional world, there are good and bad ways to quit a job. The way you do so reflects on you as a person and a worker, so tread with care.
Recommendations for How to Quit Your Job
1. Leave Before Things Get Ugly
If you can see relations start to break down with co-workers or upper management, or you’re just increasingly unhappy with your job, make a firm decision to leave before you get to the point of no return. You don’t want to curse people out on your way to the exit.
2. No Matter How Much You Hate Your Job or Your Boss, Be Considerate and Give Notice
I get that you may fantasize on a daily basis about storming out of your job Jerry Maguire-style while throwing your company ID card at your boss’s face. Really, how professional – or mature – is someone who leaves his job that way?
Put yourself in your boss’s shoes: Even if your employee hated you with a burning red passion, wouldn’t you want sufficient time to replace him if he held a position that required significant training? Even if it’s an employee or position that’s easily replaced, you’d still need time to find the right person. Companies place those who fit their ideals, values and goals, so replacing someone doesn’t happen overnight. Be considerate and give your boss at least two weeks’ notice.
3. Tell Your Supervisor or Boss Face-to-Face
Don’t send a text or write him a note, or even inform him via your resignation letter. Be a man or a woman and tell your boss directly before making any other moves to quit. It’s just the respectful thing to do.
4. Even if You Tell Your Boss Personally, You Still Need a Resignation Letter
This is primarily for record-keeping and paper trails, but a formal resignation letter is usually required for mid- to senior-level positions. Don’t use the letter to vent about whose face you particularly hate seeing in the morning, or rage about the company policies you hate or how unfair it was that your partner was promoted a year ago. Keep it simple: name, position, intent to resign and date of resignation.
5. Don’t Slam the Door Shut on Yourself
Even if right now you can never imagine wanting to come back to work at your current job, leave that door open at least a crack. You never know how work environments, people or management can change in five or 10 years. If you have a professional area of specialization, that’s all the more reason not to burn your bridges, because you may have less options for jobs that require your area of specialized expertise.
6. Don’t Forget You Need a Good Reference
You’re hurting yourself if you leave your current job on bad terms, especially if it’s one of only four jobs on your resume, and you’ve had it for the last six years. Who is going to give you a relevant, positive reference? The people you just burned? Doubtful.
7. Keep a Humble but Assertive Attitude During Your Last Days
People tend to be either hyperaware or totally oblivious to the change in their role as soon as they resign. The time left after your resignation is time you’re giving out of consideration, but you are no longer an employee of your former boss – you’re an equal. Don’t be annoying and smug about this sudden change, but don’t totally overlook it or allow your former superiors to obligate you into staying longer or doing more than your fair share.
8. Don’t Gloat, Sneer or Talk Trash
Be professional. Don’t badmouth your boss or your co-workers behind their backs. Don’t reveal company secrets. Don’t brag about your new job to your co-workers on a daily basis. Be tactful and be graceful.
I would also add the following: Don’t apply the above recommendations merely for self-gain alone. Don’t burn your bridges because you might need that job later. Don’t create bad relations with your boss because he could be a potential sales contract at your new job. Ingratiate yourself to your co-workers because they’re valuable networking contacts.”
Whatever you do, don’t scream, “Screw you, I quit!” and slam the door behind you. This will add stress and extra responsibilities for everyone. Be sure to adhere to a decent work ethic and code of conduct. It doesn’t matter if you’re a waitress or a CFO – leave you job gracefully and professionally. It’s the best choice for your boss, your co-workers and especially for you.
Trump Comments on Stock Market’s latest drop – says it’s ‘peanuts’
Trump says Tuesday’s market drop is ‘peanuts’
President Donald Trump played down the stock market’s losses on Tuesday as “peanuts” when compared with the importance of striking a good deal with China and the gains since his election.
The Dow Jones Industrial Average “was about 16,000 or 15,000 and now it’s almost at 30,000,” Trump said at the NATO summit in London. “It’s going to be at 30,000.”
“If the stock market goes up or down — I don’t watch the stock market. I watch jobs. Jobs are what I watch,” he added. Today’s move is “peanuts compared to — we have picked up record numbers so that’s OK. That’s the way I feel.”
The major stock indexes slid Tuesday after Trump said he thinks it would be a good idea to delay signing a trade deal with China after the 2020 presidential election. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell more than 450 points at its lows on Tuesday, led lower by trade-vulnerable Apple, Caterpillar and 3M.
“In some ways, I like the idea of waiting until after the election for the China deal, but they want to make a deal now, and we will see whether or not the deal is going to be right,” Trump told reporters before U.S. markets opened Tuesday. When asked if he had a deal deadline, he added: “I have no deadline, no. … In some ways, I think it is better to wait until after the election if you want to know the truth.”
Despite his assurances that he doesn’t watch the market’s daily moves, Trump often tweets within hours of when the U.S. equity market reaches an all-time high. He has tweeted the keyword “stock market” 107 times since his inauguration
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