On Friday we reported that a staggering number of millennials hate their first jobs out of college. Well, guys, here’s how to quit your job without drama, hassles or raised eyebrows from HR at your dream job someday.
Make sure you know the real reason you’re unhappy with your job.
Did your boss bait and switch you in terms of challenges, responsibilities, privileges, benefits or just about your general job description? Do you hate your hours? Do you hate what you’re actually doing? Is your commute Hell? Are your coworkers cliquey and rude? Are you being sexually harassed? These are all issues you may want to address with your boss and/or with human resources before you officially jump ship, because chances are they don’t even know you’re miserable. If they do, they’re more likely to help you out and try to accommodate your needs to keep you around.
Make sure the real issue isn’t just your own attitude.
The New York Times suggests adjusting your own behavior for a week or two to see if you’re still unhappy: If you wish you had more challenges or creative freedom, volunteer for more projects and offer some ideas. If you think you’re overworked and too eager to please your superiors, sit back for a week and don’t rush to add any more to your plate than you need to. Still hate every minute? Then feel free to move forward with your exit, but not until you read the next two steps.
Have a safety net lined up.
If you have savings, parents, a partner or a spouse you can lean on until you’re back on your feet, do that. If you need to become a barista to make ends meet, do that. Get a roommate to reduce your own living expenses if you must. Just be sure to have a plan, otherwise you may end up stuck there even longer than you wanted.
Get another job lined up.
But be sure it’s one you really want. Don’t settle … or else you’ll go from one crappy situation right into another where you don’t even have the benefit of familiarity.
Be honest and gracious with your exit.
Give your bosses and your company enough time to transition once you’re gone. Two weeks notice is standard—and appreciated. You also want to check with human resources to see the official channels to quit your job, as the processes can vary from company to company.