Now, some time ago I had written an article about when “You should quit your job without two weeks notice”. In the article I basically explained your happiness and well-being are not more important than “saving face” or whatever. But in most cases appearances, and professional references do matter. So there is significant weight in taking people’s feelings/stress into account when deciding to leave a job. I personally believe there isn’t an end all, be all “right” way to quit a job (hence why it is in quotes in the title) but there are things you should be doing to maximize the professional gains of the position you are leaving.
Get A Letter of Recommendation: This may seem strange. Most people get these when they are getting into college or trying to get a big scholarship so they can avoid those pesky student loans. Also it seems to be a little bit archaic but this can be huge in an interview later on down the line. It shows that you were an exemplary employee (or at least good enough to warrant a letter of recommendation). With a letter of recommendation, the people who are interviewing you will be impressed that you had the initiative to ask for one. Also not mention that when companies do this, they always print it on the nice paper, so maybe you can hang it on the fridge.
Give Two Weeks Notice: I am not sure how the “two weeks notice” thing started but the problem is it is everyone’s expectation that you give two weeks notice before you leave. Now I am all for innovating and disrupting, but disrupting your office by leaving in a huff one day is not optimal. Ghosting your employer after you leave may seem tempting. I mean “who cares?” right. Well, without recommendations from your employer then you might as well have not even work there at all.
Stay Connected: If you don’t retain anything from this blog post, retain this “networking is more important than grades, aptitude, or smarts”. Being able to build contacts in the corporate world will pay huge dividends throughout your career. They’re the ones who will be the first to recommend you to potentially lucrative positions. They will also be the first people to have your back and potentially mentor you throughout your career. Also having a large network of former coworkers (or people you interacted with at your business), could be a great launch point if you ever get the urge to leave the corporate world behind and become self employed.
In conclusion there is much talk about leaving it all behind and there have been many employees (in good positions, mind you), who just leave at lunch one day and ghost employers. Building relationships is hard but wrecking them is easy. However by just trying to be in someone else’s shoes you can summon the power to put up with this job long enough to leave a good impression. Maybe they might be clients or partners for your future small business.