Quitting any job can be a stressful and exciting process, but it all starts with the first step.
I know it’s not easy just to get up and quit your restaurant job.
You ARE a valuable person in the workplace and you may feel that if you quit, you’re going to rock the boat.
This feeling will be more intense the more time and energy you’ve invested in it, however, there is still a way out without these guilty feelings being there anymore.
Well, many ways out in fact.
And in this article I’m going to help you get there and achieve your goals, whatever they may be.
Are You Ready To Quit?
Do you have a job lined up or at the very least have some savings to keep you afloat until you find your next job?
I don’t want you quitting and ending up on the streets cause you couldn’t pay rent.
But on the other hand, if this job is affecting your health then by all means, quitting on a whim may be an option.
Your health is priority over everything else, no matter how much money you’re making, because without health, life is pointless.
And if you do end up quitting without any savings or another job lined up, you better start applying for jobs right away.
That doesn’t mean BROWSING, it means putting yourself out there and applying.
The keyword is “applying” because most people look but never apply and it leads to a whole lot of doing nothing.
Action speaks louder than words and that goes with everything in life.
Getting You Prepared
Most of the time, people don’t want to leave their job because they feel guilty about leaving the company in hard or stressful times.
Well one way to combat this is to wait until everything is running smoothly and everyone is in positive and happy moods.
Usually this happens when it’s been a good month. The bosses moods are enhanced and it allows you to make your move.
I recommend you let your manager know that you are looking for a job and that you want to train your replacement before you leave.
This will soften the blow and they’ll be less likely to get upset with you.
It will also teach you some new skills that you can carry on to your new job.
It is up to you when you want to hand in your notice, but in my opinion, I think it’s best when you’ve finished training your replacement.
That way you have someone to take your place and all that’s left now is to leave on good terms.
Don’t Over Complicate Your Notice
Your 2 weeks notice should be short and effective.
You do not need to write a 500 word novel.
Just write 100 words thanking them for the opportunity and skills you got to learn, and that you’ve found something that is more suitable for you.
It is up to you to tell them your new career path but you don’t have to.
Maybe if you’re close to your boss then he might be interested in hearing about it so he can give you his blessing.
Don’t Slack Off
Once you’re notice is handed in, that doesn’t mean it’s time to slack off even though you’ll be tempted to half-ass your duties.
You’re just going to piss your employer off and stress him out which is the opposite of what you want to do.
You want to make the transition smooth and painless as possible, and that’s why staying professional is key and it will keep your current employer happy and in a good mood.
He’ll probably give you a great send off too.
There Are Some Exceptions
There are some exceptions to quitting without giving notice and that is if you haven’t been in the restaurant for long.
If you’ve been there for less than 3 months, then you’re probably not that valuable to them and still in the learning stage yourself.
You’ll be able to quit over the phone, just try to avoid doing it if you are scheduled to work that day/night.
Another exception to not train your replacement is if you’re just an average worker.
If you’re not in a high position such as manager, chef or cook, then you can probably get away with handing in your 2 weeks notice as soon as you want to.
The Restaurant Industry Teaches Many Skills That You Can Carry Onto Other Jobs
One good thing about working in a restaurant is that you’ve learned many new skills and don’t even know it.
Here are a few of my favorite:
Customer Service – You are constantly talking to people, listening to problems and coming up with solutions in a timely manner.
You have learned to talk with people in a good tone of voice and you make people like you and your hospitality.
This skill can be carried into many customer service jobs!
Sales – You answer peoples questions about what they should eat, how things taste and you give them recommendations on different foods.
You upsell them drinks and alcoholic beverages and know the needs of different people. You have learnt to sell my friend.
Operations – Even if you’re in a lower position such as a bus boy, waiter or host, you still pick up the operations skill simply by taking note of how the managers run the workplace.
You’ll quickly learn the best ways to do things so the restaurant is running smoothly and efficiently even at its peak hours.
Time Management – Time is of the essence at a restaurant no matter what position you’re in.
Over time you learn what has the most priority, how to finish jobs faster and how to manage your time more efficiently.
This is a skill you can apply to literally any area of your life.
Working Under Pressure – Restaurants are busy and full of people who are rude, nice and some even downright nasty.
You learn to handle high pressure situations and keep calm in the most difficult times.
Other high pressure jobs you could apply for are: referee, teacher, telephone operator, fast food restaurants, social worker, bartender and much more.
Quitting your restaurant job doesn’t have to be hard.
You don’t have to feel guilty.
As long as you follow my rules and steps in this article, your transition from leaving to do something else should be painless and stress-free.
You have passed the first step which is recognizing that you don’t want to be in your job anymore and you want to do something else with your life.
Well I have given you the blueprint, the rest is in your hands.
Please leave all your questions and concerns in the comments below. I’ll be happy to answer them!
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.