Leaving A Job Is Complicated But It Doesn’t Always Have To Be

What do I mean by not overcomplicating leaving a job?

You’ll see articles telling you what you should and should not do, but like I’ve said in previous articles…leaving a job is never easy and should be approached as such.

What I hope to achieve after you finish this article is that you know what you’re getting yourself into.

The most important thing is to stop reading garbage!

It doesn’t make sense right now but you’ll understand much more in the next few moments.

Common Job Quitting Advice

Everywhere you look on the internet you will find articles telling you what to say to your boss – how thankful you are for working there, what your next move is, bla bla bla.

None of that matters.

The correct advice would be to tell you to be yourself and say what you feel is right!

THAT is all.

There’s no need to overcomplicate this process because chances are you’ll end up not taking action because of it.

It’ll feel like there’s so much work involved JUST for getting out of your job.

You’ll overthink the entire process and make it feel like it’s not worth it after all.

You’ll end up not taking action and you may even be in that job for the rest of your life!

And yes, even if you hate it!

The Formal Process


If you’re not afraid of quitting your job, the most basic process should be the easiest for you.

It is a little unnerving for both you and your boss when you first hand in your resignation, especially if they have had no idea you were thinking of leaving in the first place.

It may cause panic and shock, and your boss may end up making you feel bad (I’ve had this happen before).

But the most formal way of leaving a job is to hand in your resignation with 2-weeks notice.

Do I recommend it?

I have no problems with this method because it is the most easiest and less-time consuming (easiest in the sense that there’s little effort involved).

But it does have its pros and cons just like everything else.

Expect some shock and mixed emotions. You may even experience some negative energy or backlash.

That’s the downside to this process, but one good way to soften the blow is to warm your boss up a few weeks prior.

Drop hints like you’re looking for another job because you want a change.

[Read: Scared of leaving a job]

Say no more, say no less

You’ve done your part by giving your 2-weeks notice, now it’s time to ride the final wave.

Depending on your boss, their attitude and what they are like as a person, they may make your last 2 weeks hell on earth.

But during this process you need to say nothing more and nothing less other than you’re leaving because you want a change.

Don’t let anyone change your mind because there’s a good chance that that’s what is going to happen, especially if you’re a good worker!


Here is what I recommend to you for the least frustration possible:

  • Hand in your resignation with 2-weeks notice
  • Say you just want a change when the question arises
  • Ride the final wave
  • Stick to your guns on why you’re leaving
  • Don’t change the story because you’ll get questioned even more

Well I hope you learned how to leave a job without complicating something even more than it already is.

And that’s why this article was short and sweet.

I wanted to create something that’s straight to the point because that’s how it should be when leaving a job!

It’s just a matter of handing in your resignation, giving your excuse for leaving and being yourself thereafter.

Don’t try and learn all this lingo other articles are telling you because it just overcomplicates the entire process, and well…you already know where that leads to – no action taken!

Thanks for reading and I hope you do something about the job you are in.

And if you are absolutely terrified about leaving your job, I have a full guide here that covers EVERYTHING.

Don’t forget to leave a comment below, otherwise have a great day!

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