No doubt you’ve thought about quitting your job before.
And in some cases, you want to do it in the utmost worse way possible just to upset your boss after he’s treated you badly throughout your employment.
Or maybe you’re just a flat-out angel and you landed on this page because you don’t want to work there anymore but you also don’t know how to leave.
Well the good news is that I specialize in this field and help people just like you to quit your job to do what you love.
In this article you’re going to find 10 best ways to quit your job 🙂
Why Should You Quit Your Job?
There are many reasons one would want to quit their job, but for the most part, and because over 70% of people hate their job, that is the exact reason people quit on a whim and have absolutely zero regrets about it.
I’m not saying that you shouldn’t quit your job and I’m not saying you should, however, sometimes things just happen and if you’re burning bridges, that’s ultimately your own decision and you will face the consequences no matter what path you go down.
People want to quit their job because it’s a toxic/negative environment, they don’t like it anymore, they hate waking up everyday to go to work, etc.
There are thousands of reasons to quit and in this article I go through the most important ones.
A Word of Warning
Do keep in mind that if you don’t quit the professional way, as in, every way BUT professionally, you can risk a good reference later when you want a new job.
That’s actually why employers think they have the “upper hand” against you.
They know they can treat you like trash because they know you won’t quit or act in a bad way, because if you do, they can use it against you when another employer calls them and asks how good of a worker you were.
So be prepared to face something like this later down the line if you decide to try one of these “bad” methods.
1. Quit professionally
Quitting professionally and the most comfortable way is the old-fashioned way and professionalism will never change.
Quitting professionally doesn’t just mean handing in your 2 weeks notice either.
There are tried and true steps you need to undertake to make it happen.
2. Quit over the phone
There are certainly pros and cons to quitting over the phone, but sometimes it might be the only option.
You can either quit on the spot over the phone or hand in your 2 weeks notice over the phone.
I would highly recommend you go with the latter, as it is much more professional and you keep a good reference 🙂
Doing this also allows you to not be face to face with the employer and stops them from intimidating you and asking 21 questions.
3. Resign via email
This is a much more safer and more comfortable route for those who are nervous about telling the bad news to their employer face to face.
The good thing about this method is that it is still professional, you get to keep a good referral and you get your message across without the usual nervousness and intimidation tactics that come with quitting face to face.
Of course there will be a face to face conversation about it later on, but at least the hard part is over.
4. Offer to train your replacement
If you’re a valued employee of your company, your employers are going to be upset that you’re leaving no matter how lightly you pass on the news.
However, things can go a little more smoothly and shows that you’re a true professional simply by offering to train your replacement.
This allows you to leave on good terms and stops them from being too upset about you leaving.
It shows them that you are an excellent team player and you’ll still have great references.
5. Tell your boss months before it happens
This method is tried and true and the reason why this is a great option ONLY if you have the time to set it up.
It requires months of planning beforehand as you can tell your employer you’re looking for another job or at least thinking about it.
You do not need to go into any detail, but at least they know you don’t plan on staying forever.
Then when the time comes and you give your 2 weeks notice, the blow isn’t as bad and hopefully they thought ahead and were prepared enough to replace you with someone once you leave.
6. Write a nasty letter
A nasty letter is not professional at all, however, sometimes the boss or employer deserves everything you write in that letter.
If you go this route, make sure you’re not coming back to the workplace ever again and that you know for certain that you will never see that boss in the future.
This is called burning bridges.
In some cases, a nasty letter to a nasty boss is well worth it and that’s why I’m not saying you shouldn’t use this method at all because sometimes you have to!
7. Give them the no-show treatment
Now I have done this before but my story isn’t as bad as you think.
I was in a seasonal job and lay-offs were coming.
I decided to take the lay-off until it was time to go back.
Needless to say, I changed my phone number and didn’t bother letting them know if I was coming back or not until a month or so before night shift started again.
They were expecting me because technically I was still employed there.
I didn’t bother calling them and letting them know.
In fact, they kept asking my ex father-in-law (who also worked there) if I was coming back to work.
I told him about 5 times that I was going back and that same message got to my employers.
I gave them the no-show treatment and until this day still have no regrets about it.
I hated that miserable job and the bosses were just as bad.
8. Burn bridges
This is something I do not recommend for the simple reason that it’s VERY risky.
Burning bridges can backfire big time, and it’s when you least expect it (like 10+ years down the line) but for the sake of formation, quitting your job by burning a bridge is an option.
It’s not always acceptable but sometimes it certainly is.
It is acceptable when your employer’s have a history of being negative, belittling you, they are downright toxic or don’t even care how badly they treat you.
Burning bridges can mean anything like: walking out on the spot, quitting without notice, sabotaging the company, insulting coworkers and bosses, etc.
The more common one, as social media becomes bigger and bigger, is to bash on a company and expose them online.
That is called burning a bridge because you said something you can’t take back.
Below are all examples of how to quit your job while burning bridges.
Yes, they are funny and you can clearly tell by the way they quit that it was a toxic work environment and they all got treated badly.
- 11 legendary ways people have quit their jobs
- People Who Quit Their Jobs in the Best Way Possible
- 89 People Who Quit Their Jobs With Style
And the list just goes on and on.
There are certainly more and more people not giving a f*ck in this day and age.
Personally, I think people are just having enough and can see that they are never going to get out if they don’t do anything now, thus causing them too quit suddenly and in the most drastic way possible.
9. Just walk out
One way to quit your job is to just get up and walk out.
Hold your head high, be firm with your decision and absolutely own it.
Tell everyone that you quit, be loud and proud and just walk out.
Keep in mind that you will not be going back so you need to have all your belongings with you.
Coworkers will absolutely love you for doing this, because why not?
It’s extremely funny and you’re doing something only they wish they could do.
They will cheer and clap as you make your final walk out the door.
10. Quit without notice
Quitting without notice is also not recommended because you’re only asking for trouble and an upset boss and coworkers.
Not so much coworkers, unless you’re very close to them, but you’re hands down going to upset your employers.
At that same job that I burnt a bridge with, another person actually quit without notice before I did it.
We were on night shift and he was telling me he got offered a job and that he was going to quit as soon as we finished for the night.
At the end of the night I actually did see him go up to the supervisor and tell him he wasn’t coming back.
This is definitely not the most professional way of quitting but at least he let them know and didn’t give them the no-show treatment (like I did).
Quitting your job is never easy and more often than not you have to have an awkward conversation with your boss no matter how much you try to avoid it.
There are some methods in this article that will stop you from having an awkward conversation BUT you’ll probably burn bridges which is not always going to work in your favor.
Well I hope you enjoyed this article, and as always, leave all your thoughts and comments below!
Brandon is from New Zealand and does affiliate marketing full-time. This is his job and loves every second of it. He hated the typical 9-5 and found a way out of the rat race. The reason he created this website was to help and inspire others who also want a way out.