Situation: Letting an Employer Know You’re Quitting
Letting your supervisor know you’re leaving a job can be difficult, especially if you’ve been with the company a long time. Generally, it’s best not to burn bridges, so how you deliver the message is important.
- Requesting an in-person meeting is preferred. Ask your supervisor if there’s a time when you can schedule a meeting.
- Be prepared for your supervisor to ask you to stay. Decide in advance if you would change your mind about leaving if offered a raise or promotion.
- Be ready to answer the question of why you’re leaving. You may not want to provide the real reason but be prepared to provide a reason.
- Also, be prepared if your supervisor does not want you to work the two weeks’ notice. Make sure you are ready to leave that day if asked.
Make the Ask:
[Boss name], I need to talk to you about something important. Do you have time in the next day or two to meet with me?
[Choose a timeframe that works for you and your boss.]
In the Meeting:
This is a difficult conversation for me because I’ve enjoyed working with you, but I’ve accepted another job and will be leaving [ABC Company].
How It Might Sound:
You: Jim, I’ve appreciated working with you for the last three years, but I wanted to let you know that I’ve accepted another job. I won’t start the new role until Aug. 15 because I wanted to give you two weeks to redistribute my responsibilities and/or train someone to take my place.
Boss: I’m sorry to hear that. You’ve been an important part of our team. Is there anything I can do to convince you to stay?
You: Thanks, but no. I appreciate my time here, but I’ve already accepted the new job. I’m happy to work with you in the next two weeks to wrap up and/or transition all of my current projects. I’ve also prepared a formal letter of resignation. I also wanted to let you know how grateful I am for all the opportunities you’ve given me here, and I appreciate you being a mentor to me.
Boss: Well, I appreciate that. We’re sure going to miss you. If you can put together an outline of the projects you’re working on, I’ll start preparing the team for what we need to do to make your departure as smooth as possible.
You: Great. Thanks. I’ll get you that by the end of the day.