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The Right Way to Quit Your Job


We’ve all been there. That awkward and sweaty palm moment of handing in a resignation.

Whether you’re leaving your job because you’ve accepted an opportunity with another employer, moving out of town, choosing to become self-employed or escaping bad management, we believe how you leave a job is just as important as how you start one.



Regardless of the circumstances, there’s a right and a wrong way to resign, and as recruiters, it’s in our best interests to help our candidates through this process to ensure your career and reputation remains in tact. The construction industry is a small one and you never know when you will need your past employers for a reference.

Last week we wrote about having the courage to quit a perfectly good job, and have also provided advice on knowing when it’s the right time to move on. So if you’ve decided it is or you already have a role to move on to, here’s our tips for quitting – the right way.


1. Follow protocol

Every organisation will have different processes and expectations for people who are leaving. Most require a formal letter of resignation to begin the process, followed by a combination of paperwork and meetings. Keep everything as brief, specific and positive as possible.

Provide as much notice as required, and prepare a letter of resignation to bring with you which should include your full name, job title and a brief explanation of why you’re leaving. Be sure to thank your employer for the opportunity and let them know when your last day will be.


2. Prepare for the unexpected

Your resignation is best done in person, which also brings with it the possibility of your employer asking questions you aren’t prepared for, or in some cases, offering a counter offer to stay. Our advice in these situations is to know your reasons for leaving, and not go into too much detail or draw it out to avoid going around in circles and second guessing your decision. Be short and concise, and repeat the reason to emphasise that you’ve made your decision.

Also be prepared to handle an exit interview and go through this all again.


3. Don’t burn your bridges

Don’t be negative. Regardless of why your quitting, be sure to say the right things in your resignation letter and in your meeting: offer a brief explanation of why you’re leaving, thank them for the opportunity, and let them know when your last day will be.
In your exit interview, no matter how frustrated with the company you may be, stay constructive with your feedback. When asked why you are leaving (again), be clear, informative and specific without unnecessary negativity.
On a final note: never resign over the phone. You’ll be respected for making the effort to do so in person, rather than being discourteous.

If in doubt about how to approach your resignation, speak with your recruiter who can help you prepare and give guidance throughout the process.


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