How to Quit Your Job without Burning Bridges with the Current Employer


We all reach a point in our lives when we feel completely done with our jobs or bosses. The reasons can be different for different people. While some feel this way because they don’t see any growth happening for them, there are many who leave because of terrible bosses. Whatever may be the reason but almost everybody has this crazy fantasy of just walking into their boss’s cabin, say ‘I Quit!’ and then walk out of the office right away. The rational employee in you knows that is certainly not a professional way to quit your job.

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When working in an organization, there are certain rules and regulations put down by the company that you need to follow. According to the company policy, you may be required to serve a notice period. Some people also tend to develop a friendly relationship with their bosses and quitting in a wrong manner can result in things getting difficult with them. Even if you don’t share a good relationship with your boss, it doesn’t mean you can behave erratically with him / her. You never know when you might run into him again in the future and all he will remember you will be for all the wrong reasons. You also need your boss as a reference for the next job. So, you certainly don’t want to upset him. Then what is the right way to quit work without burning bridges?


Here’s how it should be done:


  1. 1. Tell your boss first

    Once you’ve decided to resign, the first thing you must do is to inform your manager. Do not share the news with others before telling your boss so that he doesn’t get to hear it from anyone else but you. Doing so will save you from rumors that tend to crop up and will also give you the opportunity to break the news the way you want to.


    2. Send a professional resignation letter

    Once you have informed your manager, the next important step should be to type a professional resignation letter and sending it to your boss. Use your judgment while stating the reason for your departure in the resignation letter. By this time you must also have read the company policies regarding exits. Mention a date for termination of employment accordingly in your letter so that your employer has some time to find a replacement for your position. Also, make sure that the tone of your letter is full of appreciation.

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    3. Be prepared for an in-person discussion

    Your boss might have a quick chat when you inform him of your decision. But once you have officially put down your resignation letter, be ready for an in-depth discussion with your manager. Before the meeting practice your conversation and prepare all the points and reasons that you can put in front of him / her. Maintain a polite tone during the discussion and do not bring up any past issues. Find opportunities during the conversation to thank your employer and show appreciation for at least some aspects of your job. Your good conduct may even encourage the current employer to give you a counter offer. Even if that doesn’t happen, you will know for sure that the doors of your current employer are going to get shut permanently for you.


    4. Choose your words wisely

    No matter what your reasons are for leaving the current employer, make sure you choose the words carefully during the conversation. As mentioned in the previous point as well, do not bring up past issues or state them as your reasons for quitting the job. Use as much ‘I’ (for example, “I will learn a lot.”) phrases as you can and avoid ‘You’ (for example, “You don’t pay me fairly.”) phrases while speaking to your boss. Show appreciation for all the good things you got to learn while working under him and help him understand why you have decided to take up the new opportunity.


    5. Complete your work as much as you can

    Finish up as much work as you can. Keep all the stakeholders who are involved in the project informed about the change in the person in-charge and do provide a temporary point of contact. If you are unable to finish the work, provide easily understandable updates about them. If there are any mission-critical steps that need to be taken in the immediate future, explain them to the person who will be managing your work after you leave. By doing so you will make sure that anyone who joins your old job is able to quickly take over the work and speed up the progress of your projects.


    6. Express Gratitude

    Even if you are delighted to be leaving your job, be appreciative of the work you have been doing and also the people with whom you worked. Even if you hate the current job, there must be some things that you would have enjoyed and learned. There must be some colleagues with whom you shared a cordial work relationship. Acknowledge all the goods and make no room for criticism. It is always a great idea to end things on a good note. Express your gratitude to each and everyone with whom you worked and thank them for all the support they provided you.


    How you depart from an employer is mostly in your hand and how you do it says a lot about you. Just remember what has been done has been done and now that you have made your decision what happened in the past should not matter anymore. Even if things didn’t go well with your current employer, be gracious and walk the higher road. Depart with grace, class, and integrity. In the end, what matters most is how you are remembered.

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About Megha Raizada

Megha Raizada is a professional writer with a keen interest in the global job market. She loves to keep a track of everything interesting happening around the globe. When not writing or browsing the Internet, you will find her creating furniture out of used tires.

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