The Proper Way to Quit a Job

February 22, 2010 at 6:57 am 38 comments

[This article was updated in June 2017]

Thinking about quitting your job??? Seems like a crazy topic for a blog aimed at job-seekers, eh? Well, the fact is that many job-seekers find new opportunities BEFORE they leave their old jobs. From a recruiter’s perspective, that is the traditional goal of a “Head Hunter” – to get someone to leave one job and go to another. [Read “The Real Truth About Working with Recruiters” for more on how “Head Hunters” differ from other types of recruiters.] And needless to say, a candidate who is currently working somewhere is perceived in a better light than an unemployed job-seeker by most potential new employers. So naturally, it’s a really bad idea to quit a job without having another job already lined up – unless the circumstances are pretty drastic at your current company. That said, people choose to switch jobs for all kinds of reasons: they find a better opportunity that pays more money, offers better chances for advancement, is a better fit for their skills, is with a company that has a better culture, etc. There are also the typical negative reasons why people would be looking to leave a job in the first place: feeling underpaid and/or under-appreciated, conflicts with the boss or co-workers, poor company culture or morale, unpopular leadership changes, company is in financial trouble, fears of impending layoffs or staff reductions, planned company reorganization or relocation, dead end job with no possibility for advancement, etc. Whether the economy is up or down, lots of people are still working, and still switching jobs. Gone are the days when workers stayed at one company and in one job for the bulk of their careers. In fact, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current median tenure for an average employee to stay at a job is only 4.3 years for men and 4.0 years for women.

As a recruiter, I’ve spent many years counseling candidates through the process of giving notice to their employers, and I know it’s something that scares a lot of people. It’s been said that quitting a job may be one of the most stressful times in a person’s life — comparable to a death in the family or a divorce.  The actual act of giving notice to your employer is not something that most people have a lot of experience with. So here are some tips and some advice on how to leave on the best of terms, in as professional a manner as possible, and without burning any bridges. [Read “The Golden Rule for Business: Don’t Burn Bridges” for a more detailed explanation of why this is so important.] Typically, what causes a bridge to be burned is what the employer does when hit with the news of a resignation, and how the employee reacts to that.

A Resignation Letter Template:

Dear (Supervisor’s Name):

This is to inform you that today I am submitting my resignation of employment which will become effective as of (Last Day of Employment).

I appreciate all that (Company Name) has afforded me, but after careful consideration I have made an irreversible decision to accept a new position. I am confident that this move is in my best interest, as well as that of my family and my career. I know that you will respect my decision.

I wish all the best for (Company Name) in the future. I will use the remainder of my time with the company to have all my work in order by my last day of employment.


(Type and Sign Your Name)

Giving Notice:
The best time to give notice is on a Friday afternoon. That gives your boss less time to react, ask questions or to argue, and gives everyone the weekend to calm down, absorb and accept the news. Use the resignation letter template shown above, address it to your immediate supervisor, sign it and make a copy for your records. In addition, prepare a list of projects and activities that you are currently working on, and their status. Hand the letter to your boss and tell him/her that you are submitting your resignation effective on the date indicated (typically 2 weeks from the day you give notice) and that you have prepared a list of your projects and activities and their status. Say that when they feel it is appropriate, you are prepared to discuss what you can complete in your final 2 weeks and who you should turn certain projects over to, etc. Your objective will be to make the transition as smooth as possible.

By the way … giving 2 weeks notice is a standard professional courtesy that is not actually required in many cases. In the United States¹, most people are employed “at will” – a legal term which means that they can quit any time for any reason (or no reason at all) with or without giving advanced notice. Of course, the reverse is also true: they can be fired at any time for any reason (or no reason at all) with or without advanced notice. I’ve seen cases where a person gave their 2-week notice, only to be told to clear out their desk and leave the premises that day! While not a very common response by a company, it’s not unheard of … and certainly within the company’s rights. They would then only have to pay that person up through the last day they actually worked. The much more common responses (especially if you were considered a valued employee) are what follows:

What may happen:
Do not expect your boss to be supportive. It is not in their best interest for you to leave and they probably don’t have a contingency plan for your departure. Be prepared for a wide range of emotions, from anger to remorse. Your boss may try to flatter you for the good job you’ve done, promise you things to get you to stay … and when all else fails try to make you feel guilty. (“We’ve done so much for you, and this is what we get in return?!”) The best thing you can do is talk as little as possible. Let them vent. Don’t get drawn into the emotion … that’s how you unintentionally burn bridges. Simply remain calm, and stick to your guns. As the resignation letter says, your decision is “irreversible.”

The Questions You’ll Get:
Your boss will probably ask you a lot of questions in an attempt to gather information that they can use to cast reasonable doubt on your decision, and possibly get you to change your mind. Remember that your objective is to not burn your bridge. Answer the questions professionally but in a general (vague) way, and without sharing any details. The more details you provide, the more likely it is that you will get into a debate. If you win that debate, you will not only have resigned but you will have rubbed their noses in it. Not a good idea! Here are the most typical questions you’re likely to get from your boss, and suggestions on how to handle them:

  • Why do you want to leave the company? The best way to handle it is to say something like: “I appreciate all the opportunities you have afforded me however I have accepted an opportunity I cannot turn down and that I feel is good for my career.” Do not say anything negative about your current job, the company, or any of the people you worked with there! And this includes comments on Social Media. DO NOT post negative comments about your boss, your co-workers or your place of employment on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn or anywhere else online! Such venting can potentially do irreparable damage to your reputation — both with your former associates and with your future employers. (Yes, your future boss will see those comments and wonder what you’ll be saying about him/her at some point down the road.) Keep your sour grapes to yourself!
  • Where are you going to work? Never tell your current boss where you are going to work! There are many reasons for this rule, but they all boil down to this: nothing good can come from them knowing where you are going before you get there … and without spelling it out, I’ll just say that it’s entirely possible that bad things could happen from them finding out who your new employer will be. [See comment #30 below.]  The bottom line is that they simply don’t need to know. All you have to say is: “While I appreciate your curiosity, I would like to keep where I am going confidential.” That may end the questioning. If they continue to ask, just say: “For my remaining time here I’d like to concentrate on my work and help make the transition as smooth as possible – and I know that if we get into all these side issues, we’ll be rehashing this for remainder of my stay.” And needless to say, do not post any social media announcements or updates to your profiles about your job change until after you’ve started your new job.
  • How much money did they offer? Simply say: “I appreciate your asking, but that is a confidential matter between me, my new employer and my family.” Do not allow money to become a bargaining point, or open yourself up to a possible counteroffer. That almost never ends well!
  • How did you find this position? Whether you found it through answering an ad, through networking, through a recruiter, or they simply found you … again, it’s really none of their business. A good answer, which is generally truthful but vague, is: “I found it through a personal contact of mine.”
  • What can we do to keep you? This is the biggest trap of a question! Your immediate response should be: “Although I appreciate your asking, there is nothing you can offer. I am committed to my decision.” If you hesitate when asked that question, it might be interpreted as an invitation to convince you to stay. Then they will keep hounding you relentlessly. Assuming that you ultimately turn them down anyway, you will have then probably burned your bridge. Conviction is important here. If you’re not sure about your decision, then you shouldn’t resign to begin with!

The most typical response by any boss who doesn’t want to lose an employee who is quitting is to come up with a counteroffer (more money, a promotion, etc.) That is a topic for another blog [“Counteroffers: Just Say No”] … but suffice it to say, accepting a counteroffer is almost always a REALLY BAD IDEA! 80% of all people who accept counteroffers are no longer with their company six months later.² It’s best to keep repeating that your decision to move on is final and irreversible. Remain firm, stay confident and move forward with a positive attitude. Leave in as professional a manner as possible, so as not to burn a bridge. You never know when or where the people from that former company will re-appear in your future!

¹ As many astute readers have pointed out, employment laws, the “at-will” status and requirements for giving notice may vary outside of the United States.

² As reported in the Wall Street Journal:
1) Business Week published a set of statistics revealing that nine out of ten candidates who accepted a counter offer were back on the streets looking within six months.
2) Statistics compiled by the National Employment Association confirm the fact that over 80% of those people who elect to accept a counter offer and stayed, are no longer with their company six months later.

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  • 1. Michael Sigler  |  February 22, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Great advice Michael. One point I would like to share (regarding not saying where you are going) is that I had a boss who then proceeded to tell me why my decision was a bad one, that the company and position I was moving to was a bad move and that unless I was really on my game, I was going to fail. I walked away feeling somewhat down and even slightly doubting my decision. After some time of reflection, I realized that this reaction from my boss was another reason for justifying my decision. So, the best thing is to do as you suggest and just not share that information regarding your next employer.

  • 2. jeffrsabo  |  February 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm


    This is a great post and you brought up several good points! I liked your resignation letter template and thought that was a professional way to go about it!

    I do agree with you that sometimes companies are more prone to show you the door the day you resign then give you two weeks. That happened to me once when I resigned from a company even though I said I would be willing to work the two weeks. In reality, there was nothing I really could do during that time and it made sense.

    As far as reactions go, I did have to deal with a negative reaction from someone and I thought your advice for handling was right on. It’s best not to get caught up in their emotions and you are right that resigning on a Friday is a good idea.


  • 3. Joe  |  February 22, 2010 at 11:08 pm

    I resigned from a company a few years back and it was only after I turned in my notice, did they acknowledge that they deemed me a valuable employee. After the word got out, I was informed the operations manager and HR manager wanted to meet with me. This was at a time when they had lost a lot of key people due to changes in management. I agreed (after all, it never hurts to talk, right?) and was told how important I was and how they valued my experience. I was offered a promotion kind of (more responsibility, but no more money). In hindsight I was glad they didn’t counter with a money offer. As you know, when things begin to go south, your on the short list of people to go first. NEVER ACCEPT A COUNTER OFFER!!!

  • 4. Ruy  |  February 23, 2010 at 4:09 am

    Thanks for that Michael: right to the point and very clear advices on the best course of action. I learned a lot. Highly appreciated!
    You are doing a great job debunking the job seeking game. I recommend reading “The real truth about working with recruiters …” as well.

  • 5. Laura  |  February 23, 2010 at 11:55 am

    I always enjoy your blogs. You provide real, down-to-earth information that people can put into practice immediately. I quit my job for another about 2 years ago. Although I followed a lot of the advice mentioned in the your blog, it would have been great to have all these pointers at that time to make it even a smoother transition.
    Thanks! Keep sharing!

  • 6. Andy Fahrenbach  |  February 23, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    This is a good discussion. Over the course of my career I have seen resignations tendered in a variety of ways from being handled professionally demonstrating the appropriate level of respect for the manager to going out to lunch and not returning. An employee should tell their manager they are leaving, briefly explain why hand the manager the resignation letter and the excuse themselves from the managers office and go about their business. At no point in time should an employee tell his/her manager where they are going to work espically now during the internet age. As far as accepting a counter offer, keep in mind the reasons someone looks for and accepts another position are still there when a counter offer is extended not too mention putting themselves in a position to potentially be viewed as being disloyal. As far as the best day of the week for resigning it really does not matter as long as a an appropriate notice has been tendered.

  • 7. Harish Pandya  |  February 23, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    The topic shows details, and I think it is important to resign in a professional way.

    What about when a company decides to let go an individual or a group of people? Do they really think about the employee? I am not sure they do. They only think about the legal ramifications and they make sure that the group they are letting go falls within the law. Quite often the companies will place an employee on the sideline and may give totally unrealistic reasons or none at all – such that the employee will go out in frustration. Is that professionalism?
    Is there a proper way for the company to fire an employee?

    Posted by Harish Pandya

    On 02/23/10 6:45 AM, Harish Pandya wrote:

  • 8. Dan  |  March 1, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Great advice, as usual. I would add that these days you should be ready to leave the day you resign. Know what personal items you have to take with you, and be ready to pack them and go. More companies don’t seem to want you around to interact with the other employees, I guess, or steal their precious business secrets. The last time I resigned I offered three weeks notice, as there was a project in that third week that only I was trained to handle. My reward for being considerate and offering that help was to be told an hour later to pack my things and go, and two employees watched me and then escorted me out of the building.

  • 9. pmoss  |  April 26, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    Thanks, Michael! Need this every hour of every day. Can you make a dashboard gadget or iGoogle widget? You have the nose that knows!

  • 10. LizR  |  August 13, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Thank you!!! Finally the advice I’ve been looking for. It took me a dozen sites to find this one, but it answered all of my questions and eased my hesitation of notifying my boss that I am leaving. Much appreciated!

  • 11. Stephani  |  October 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    I’ve read a lot of advice that Friday is the worst day to give notice. (Note, this is Friday and I have a resignation letter in an envelope in my purse.) Are there some advantages to Monday?

    • 12. Michael Spiro  |  October 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm


      As I said in the post, giving notice on a Friday gives your boss less time to react, ask questions or to argue, and gives everyone the weekend to calm down, absorb and accept the news. I can’t think of any reasons why giving notice on a Monday would be a good idea. Can you?


  • 13. Robert  |  March 25, 2011 at 10:14 am

    Thanks you for your advice. I am a Manager on contract but they did not want employees to know that. I have been with the company just over 2 years. I have just given notice (3 months) and said that we are moving to another city (which is true) however I did not get into the real reasons – which are very many. There is part of me that wants to elaborate and provide details but I tell myself that if i could not turn the company around and change the dysfunctional culture in two years then why would they care to hear my thoughts now. I am sure that the owners are well aware of the level of intimidation, manipulation and self serving behavior of my direct supervisor and the effect that has had on me and many others in the organization. They have asked me to stay another 2 months (July & August) so that would be 5 months from now! The would also like me to remotely do work from the other city if possible – and I am somewhat interested in that as I would essentially be on my own with my own projects and because I have yet to line anything firm up in the new city. I really like your suggestion to state ” I have made an irreversible decision “. Certainly open to you thoughts and advice – THANKS Rob

  • 14. Yadira Lomeli  |  November 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

    What a great template. Honestly I’ve been looking, and this example was the most wonderful one yet!!! I love it and thank u so much for the words. I couldn’t put together!! Very nervous but it’s a career move for my future !! Thank u thank u again.

  • 15. Shell  |  January 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Hello. I gave a two week notice on a Wednesday, and my employer told me that my notice has to start on a Monday. Is this true? Also they said that I had to give four weeks notice even though it didn’t state it in my contract. Am I in the right? Tia

    • 16. Michael Spiro  |  January 23, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      There is no law or requirement that I know of that says that notice needs to start on a Monday. Addionally, if you were hired “at will,” then no notice is required at all! Giving two weeks notice is simply a standard professional courtesy — it seems like the right thing do to, but again — is not actually required in most cases. Demanding four weeks notice is unusual and seems excessive. If it wasn’t in writing when you were hired, then it can’t possibly be enforceable.

  • 17. Hema  |  April 2, 2013 at 2:28 pm

    This is a great post. I am sure it will help me when i quit my job this week. I have been working for my company for the last 13 years out of which 7.5 years working from home as i moved to another country. but now, with the expectations rising, and new management (3rd in the last 7 years), monotonous work, which, inspite of being at home, did not give me much time with my family, as i was working round the clock becasue of the different time zones (US and India), i have decided to quit. I want to be as professional as i can when i quit, because i donot want to sound that i can’t handle it anymore. Any tips?

    • 18. Michael Spiro  |  April 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm

      I don’t have any special advice for you, other than what I’ve already written in this blog article. Simply use the template provided for your resignation letter. No further explanation should be needed to your boss. Based on how that letter is worded, you need not worry about sounding like “you can’t handle it.” It’s fairly self-explanatory. Good luck!

  • 19. Dennis Carlsen  |  September 10, 2013 at 9:40 am


    I like your brief letter for quitting. I have trimmed down a little to the following:

    Your Name, address, date

    Dear Mr. Supervisor,
    ACME Company, Supervisor

    I hereby submit my resignation of employment with ACME which will become effective as of (Last Day of Employment).

    After careful consideration I have made a final decision to accept a new position. I am confident that this move is in my best interest, as well as that of my family and my career.

    I appreciate all that ACME has done for me and family over the past several years. I wish ACME a successful and prosperous future. I will use the remainder of my time with the company to have all my work in order by my last day of employment.


    Your Name (signature)

    Regards, Dennis

  • 20. Erik  |  April 3, 2014 at 4:21 am

    I can’t stress enough not to burn bridges. My sister learned this the hard way. She had a falling out with a well-connected high ranking colleague and she felt it was her duty to tell him off. I told her she shouldn’t have done that, and to reconcile. In the meantime she was eventually let go. Not even a year later she came upon a great opportunity. You know who the hiring person was.

    • 21. Michael Spiro  |  April 3, 2014 at 9:56 am

      Great story. It really is a very small world, and people you know invariably show up again in unexpected places later in life. Of course, in your sister’s case, she probably would not have wanted to work for that guy she had a falling out with — even if she hadn’t told him off! But better to have that be her choice instead of his.

  • 22. wendy  |  June 7, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    hi, I have 2 points/questions:

    1) I wonder if you have any advice for quitting when you don’t even have something lined up for your next job. I feel like I need to tell my boss that I’m leaving for something else, when in fact I don’t have something else lined up. I am going to give a month notice and I think he will accept that b/c I have a few projects that I want to finish up and I think it’s the right thing to do. but I feel concerned that when he asks what job are you going to next, I don’t want to lie and say that I have a job lined up, but I also don’t want to say I don’t have something lined up b/c then he might want me to stay on 2 or 3 months more (which I don’t want to do)!
    2) also wondering about a vacation that I had planned months before I decided to resign and it falls within that month notice time period. I have made reservations and really want to take that vacation b/c I have vacation time owed to me anyway. I’m in civil service sector, so I would get to cash out my sick time and vacation, but I am guessing my boss won’t be happy if I take that one week vacation. but I am offering to stay for a month, which is generous. but maybe I am asking for too much to think he would let me take that week’s vacation still. any thoughts on this?
    thanks. great blog and helpful!

    • 23. Michael Spiro  |  June 9, 2014 at 3:26 pm


      I can’t help but wonder why you are quitting your job without another one lined up. That’s usually not a wise idea … so I hope you have a plan that makes sense for you and your own personal situation if another job does not materialize in a reasonable amount of time after you quit. That said, I’d advise you to say as little as possible to your current employer regarding your plans. No need to disclose anything, really. Don’t lie. Just say that you are giving notice, and avoid answering questions about where you are going next. As the blog says, the answer to the question about where you are going is: “While I appreciate your curiosity, I would like to keep where I am going confidential.”

      As to the vacation issue, if you are owed the vacation time and it’s already been approved by your boss — then you should be able to take it no matter when it falls. Giving 4 week’s notice is above and beyond the norm. Taking off one of those weeks for a vacation you already earned should not be a big deal.


      • 24. wendy  |  June 9, 2014 at 8:57 pm

        thanks Michael for your reply and advice. I have a few irons in the fire for a new job and I have savings and I’m not that worried about it. I actually want about a month or 2 break b/c I am so burned out. I really need a rest. I think professors who take sabbaticals are so lucky and I think sabbaticals should be offered for other professions. in addition, I’m glad there is now obamacare b/c I will have health insurance(not as good as what I currently have of course, but at least it is something). I don’t have any dependents, so I am in a position more able than most to take this kind of risk.
        as far as the vacation issue, that makes sense to me and so I hope my employer will see it that way: that it is a vacation that I already earned.

  • 25. Chris  |  June 19, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    Definitely good info here, thank you for that. I’m curious though what your thoughts are when your boss is one of your best friends? It seems to me in that scenario that the strictly business approach would be damaging to that relationship. Of course given that I’m resigning they’re sure to feel some degree of abandonment, maybe even betrayal, but I want to do everything I can to minimize that.


    • 26. Michael Spiro  |  June 19, 2014 at 2:57 pm

      Quitting on your best friend sounds like a tricky situation, indeed! Assuming you want to maintain a close friendship after you leave, I suppose that the amount of information you share with your “boss” upon giving notice might be greater than what you would have shared with a typical business-only boss. I’d say tell him as much as you feel comfortable with (where you are going, salary, etc.) The one thing you still need to be totally firm on is sticking with your decision. Do not allow your friendship to sway you into a debate about the merits of your decision, or into accepting a counter-offer. As long as you come from the position of having made an “irreversible decision,” I think you’ll be fine.

  • 27. Anonymous  |  August 29, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Thank you so much for this article. My husband received an offer and the company is pressuring him to disclose where he is going. We didn’t think that wise, and this confirms our instincts. I appreciate it.

  • 28. Christopher  |  February 1, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    Hello Michael – Your article helped me to relieve anxiousness during my resignation today. It was good to have some prepared statements and strategies in case things got emotional. My corporate job had burned me out, but I really liked and cared for me coworkers. As it turned out, everyone was really understanding and although sad wished me well. Coincidently, today was a Monday. I planned on resigning on Friday, but my supervisor was working from home and I felt it was better to wait and do it in person than over the phone. There is one reason to resign on Monday. Thanks again for sharing your wisdom. – Chris

  • 29. Wise  |  April 7, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Hi Michael, great article.

    I reside in the UK and I’m a lawyer/attorney. The point about not telling your current employer where you are going seems odd. How would things like references work if you don’t disclose who your new employer is?

    In a situation where you have an immediate supervisor and then a manager (with pastoral responsibilities), do you tell them together or tell each person separately? Also, if separately, who should you tell first? How about informing the wider team/department and clients – do you tell the wider team or let your bosses do that?

    Thanks again for the blog even as I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the above.

    – Mr Wise.

    • 30. Michael Spiro  |  April 7, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Mr. Wise:
      1) Regarding references: Using your current employer as a reference for a new job is a touchy issue. Reference checks are usually conducted before an offer is made. If you are confident that you’ll get a positive reference, and your boss is fine with you leaving … then by all means tell them where you are going and ask if it’s ok to use them as a reference. However, since it is often the case that your current employer will be caught off guard when you announce that you are quitting, and not be happy with the situation — it’s possible that any reference they give at that point may not be flattering or positive. In fact, I’ve seen cases where a current employer intentionally gives a negative reference in order to sabotage their employee’s chances of landing a new job! Even if you don’t use them as a reference, if you tell them where you are going when you give notice, they might try contacting your new employer and bad mouth you in order to undermine your move. That’s one of the main reasons for not disclosing your new destination until you are already there.
      2) I’m not familiar with the term “pastoral responsibilities” (outside of a religious setting) — but most people simply inform their immediate supervisor and then let them relay the information up the chain of command. If you have more than one direct supervisor, then I suppose you could inform them both at the same time — either separately or together. I would then let them decide how and when to inform the wider team/department and clients. They may want to control the manner in which such a message is transmitted. I would especially check with them before contacting any clients with your news about your leaving the company. You certainly don’t want to create the impression that you are going behind their backs and contacting (or worse yet, potentially stealing) their valued clients without their knowledge.
      – Michael

  • 31. Anonymous  |  April 7, 2017 at 6:22 am

    Great advice. This is exactly what I needed to read. It is early Friday morning and I plan on resigning today. I wish I read your advice about not disclosing info about the new job and new salary to the current employer. During an exit interview a year ago (April 2016) I was asked those questions. I disclosed the information. Then a year later (March 2017) I was given an opportunity to interview for a different role at my previous company. The HR recruiter threw ALL the details of my exit interview in my face. It made the process very difficult. I always thought it was an expectation to tell your employer where you are going. Now I know better! Great article and letter template. I feel much better about resigning today.

  • 32. Anonymous  |  August 9, 2017 at 5:26 am

    I have a question, I am more than a month hired from a company where I am in now. But I plan to resign due to some personal reason (I’m not happy with my work). What’s the best thing to do to vacate in this company?

    • 33. Michael Spiro  |  August 9, 2017 at 10:27 am

      There is no easy answer to this question. Leaving a job after only one month because you are “not happy with my work” is not something you should say in a resignation letter. If you feel you’ve made a mistake, and this job is simply not a fit for you — just say that, and exit quickly. Better to cut your losses early rather than waste your and your employer’s time (and money.) It’s probably not even necessary to give 2-weeks notice, unless your leaving really causes a huge problem for them.

      • 34. AJ  |  August 9, 2017 at 9:00 pm

        There’s a lot of reasons why I am not enjoying my work.

        1. Don’t have the proper training
        2. I am the only person working to the place of assignment.
        3. The guide and instructions given are not clear.
        4. I don’t even know the whole process and services does the company offer – considering that they don’t even trained and orient me of what exactly my job description would be.
        5. compensation is not enough considering they promised me to shoulder all my expenses here in the place of assignment (Apartment/transportation) but what now? I am the one paying all my expenses.
        6. unwelcoming working environment.

        I guess, this is all enough reason to leave? Please advice.

      • 35. Michael Spiro  |  August 10, 2017 at 9:04 am

        I’m not sure what advice you want? It sounds like a terrible situation. I guessing you either didn’t ask enough questions going into this job as part of the standard “due diligence” process that most savvy job-seekers go through in evaluating a potential new employer … or they simply lied to you! Either way, if I were you I would just tell them you are quitting and leave. No explanations or resignation letters are needed for such a short stint. You probably shouldn’t even list this job on your resume.

  • 36. kiran sahu  |  August 21, 2018 at 2:11 am

    Nice article. It’s my first job and I’ve been here one year. I got a new opportunity at a new place and I’m going to quit it now. Your tips really helped me quit my job skillfully.
    Thank You.

  • 37. Anonymous  |  March 1, 2020 at 10:26 am

    What if you don’t have a job lined up? How do you answer when they ask you where are you going? I must leave my current job. It has destroyed my peace. I’ve had physical aggressions towards me, humiliations and all around i’ve been a door mat. I’ve been taking it for close to 2 years. Things have become worse lately & I just can’t take it anymore. It’s a very hostile environment. No time to search for a new job, interviews, etc. I will be living off my savings. I’ve decided that if they fire me before my last day, then it’s still a way out but that HR/employee meeting is inevitable. It’s going to be rough. I would appreciate any advice anyone could give.

    • 38. Michael Spiro  |  June 23, 2020 at 2:58 pm

      I would simply say that you are leaving for “personal reasons” and not say anything about where you are going. The less you say, the better. Being honest about your negative experiences there will only lead to burning whatever bridges you feel might still be worth saving.


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Michael Spiro has been a 3rd-Party Recruiter and Account Executive for nearly 20 years. He is currently the Director of Recruiting / NE Ohio Region for Experis Finance, a dedicated business unit of ManpowerGroup. Other recent positions include President of Midas Recruiting, a boutique head-hunting firm, Director of Talent at Patina Solutions, and Executive Recruiting positions with two of the largest search firms in North America. Before his career in the staffing industry, Michael was a manager in a large non-profit social-services organization. And in a former life, Michael was active in the entertainment industry, with extensive road-warrior experience as a touring performer (singer-songwriter / guitarist / comedian) and as a recording artist, producer and booking agent.  [More...]

Index (by Topic):

Résumés & Cover Letters:
 The "T" Cover Letter - The
         Only Type Worth Sending

 The Brutal Truth on How
         Résumés Get Eliminated

 Explaining Short Job Stints
         and Employment Gaps

 The Résumé Test &
         Checklist: Does Yours

 Beating the Résumé-
         Elimination Game: Where
         Do Recruiters' Eyes Go?

 The Truth About Lying on

 "Why Did You Leave Your
         Last Job?"

 How to Network: A
         Step-by-Step Guide for
         Job Searching

 Looking for Networking in
         All the Wrong Places

 Targeted Networking: How
         to Effectively Reach Out

 The Art of Giving: the Key to
         Effective Networking

 Face-to-Face Interviews:
         Secrets, Tricks and Tips

 Phone Interviews: Secrets,
         Tricks and Tips

 Skype Interview Tips ...
         Welcome to the Future!

 Nuggets: A Secret
         Interviewing Technique

 Answering the Dreaded
         Salary Question

 20 Surefire Ways to Blow
         an Interview

 "So, Do You Have Any
         Questions?" Nailing the
         Interview Closer

 Cool InfoGraphic: "What
         You Wish You'd Known
         Before Your Job

Age Discrimination:
 Age Discrimination: Secret
         Conversations Revealed

 Age Discrimination:
         Exposing Inconvenient

 Are You "Overqualified?"
         Handling the Age Issue

 Baby Boomers to the
         Rescue! An Idea Whose
         Time Has Come ...

 Overcoming Job-Search
         Obstacles and
         Redefining Your Career
         After 50

 Advice for Recent Grads
         and Career-Changers

Switching Jobs:
 The Proper Way to
         Quit a Job

 Counteroffers: Just Say No!

General Job-Seeking Info:
 The Real Truth About
         Working with Recruiters

 Contract/Consulting Jobs
         Explained ... Available in
         3 Different Flavors

►  What Recruiters Say
         vs. What Job-Seekers

►  The Dirty Truth About
         Misleading Unemployment

►  Let the Jobs Find You:
         Making Yourself More

 "Help ... I Need a Job!" A
         9-Step Guide for Newly
         Minted Job-Seekers

 Avoiding the "Black Hole
         of HR"

 Is Your Elevator Pitch
         Taking You UP
         or DOWN?

 Time Management: Recipe          for a Well-Balanced Job          Search
 Getting Un-Stuck from your

 The Double-Whammy of
         Rejection and Isolation

 "Unemployed Need Not
         Apply" - Working Around
         This Scary Message

 Using Social Media to
         Enhance Job-Searching

 Warning: That Rant You
         Posted Just Went Viral!

 The Golden Rule for
         Business: Never Burn

 The Power of a Positive

 Why Job Hunting is a
         Consultative Sales

 Top 10 Most Helpful Things
         for Job Seekers

 Top 10 Most Annoying
         Things for Job Seekers

 New Year's Resolutions for
         Unemployed Job-

Job-Seeking Humor:
 Comic Relief: Volume 1
 Comic Relief: Volume 2
 Comic Relief: Volume 3
 Comic Relief: Volume 4
 Comic Relief: Volume 5
 Comic Relief: Volume 6
 "In Transition" and Other
         Awkward Euphemisms

 Candidates Gone Wild:
         Recruiter Horror Stories

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