Working at WalMart might not be your cup of tea and I don’t blame you.
Working in retail can be extremely stressful and make you hate everyday because sometimes all you think you’re doing is waking up and dealing with rude people.
I’m not bashing on WalMart in general, I’m saying that working in retail isn’t for everyone due to the large amount of stress that comes with it.
And if you’ve found yourself working at WalMart and you absolutely hate it and want to get out, you are in the right place and I am going to help you get there.
Don’t Freak Out!
It does not matter if you’ve been working there 1 month or 5 years, do not freak out and think you owe them something because you do not.
People quit jobs even after the first day, it’s not uncommon, and I’ll talk more about the soon.
So if you’re freaking out that you’ve just started and want to leave already, don’t because there’s still a few options up your sleeve.
if you’re within the 90-day probationary period, it might be best to wait it out for the good of your own future.
This is the period that allows you to see if it’s right for you, if you like the job and to make any changes if you don’t.
However, leaving before your “trial” period is over is going to send the wrong message, especially to new employers when they ask you why you quit after 1 month of starting a new job.
Why would they hire you if you’re only going to quit in the first 30 days and not give it your all?
However, once this 90-day period is over and you still don’t like your job, give your 2 weeks notice along with your reason and you’re good to go.
Don’t expect any push back, they’ll just think you didn’t give it enough time but they’re not going to get upset about it since you’re only new.
Who Do You Talk to About Quitting?
Do you tell the person who’s in charge of hiring, which is only possible if you get lucky and catch them at work on the same shift as you?
Do you wait until you finally meet a manager and tell them?
A lot of the time newbies don’t like their job and/or get offered better opportunities elsewhere, but the problem arises when they need to hand in their notice but don’t know exactly who to!
Your Personal Manager, Silly!
No matter what job you are in, there is always someone in charge to direct workers to where they should be and to keep the store running smoothly.
Most people will recommend you tell your Personal Manager, although your ASM (assistant store manager) is your next best option, and I would have to agree.
ASM’s are almost always on the floor and will gladly accept your written letter of resignation without throwing judgement or asking 21 questions.
However, to cut out all the BS and get straight to the point, visit the Personnel’s office and hand in your resignation (with 2 weeks notice, of course).
DEFINITELY Give 2 Weeks Notice
You should always be giving 2 weeks notice on all jobs you leave, and this one is no different.
Giving 2 weeks notice shows that you are a true professional and that you have their best interest at heart.
This will stop them from getting angry at you and providing a bad reference when your next potential employer calls them!
You also won’t burn bridges OR screw up the entire roster for the next couple of weeks.
At the end of the day, giving 2 weeks notice gives the managers a peace of mind and less stress.
It eliminates the need for running around trying to replace your position for the next 2 weeks.
ALWAYS Put It In Writing
This will make you look professional and you’ll have it in writing in case of any disputes in the future (although not likely, being prepared is better than not).
Writing your resignation letter, in my opinion, is better than quitting verbally since you get to say everything you need to in the letter without being too nervous to say everything in a conversation.
However, ONLY resign this way if you’re giving 2 weeks notice.
Anything less and you should always talk to your manager face to face, and I’ll tell you why in just a second.
You’re Going to Be Hirable
Quitting on the spot or doing something drastic to your boss is not the best approach and you’re only going to sabotage your own future when you try find a new job.
Your new employer will ask why you left WalMart and they’re going to want a reference.
They will call them and the next thing you know, you don’t get the job because they just told them all the bad stuff you did before you walked out on them.
So if you follow the steps I mentioned above, as long as you continue to stay professional and NOT let your emotions take control, you’re setting yourself up with a great future and plenty of job opportunities.
Frequently Asked Questions
What If You Don’t Really Know Who’s in Charge?
This is more likely to happen if you’ve been at the job for less than 3 months.
There are reports of people working in WalMart for much longer than that and STILL have not meet the people in charge.
As stated above, visit your Personnel at the end of your shift and tell them exactly what’s up along with your letter of resignation which I’ll talk more about in a minute.
Be honest with the reason you’re leaving and be thankful for the opportunity and experiences you gained whilst you were working there.
Is It Okay to Quit Over the Phone?
If for whatever reason you don’t want to do another days work, maybe because the workload is too demeaning or way too difficult than you thought it would be, should you quit over the phone?
Managers have answered this exact question on various WalMart forums and they do NOT recommend you quit over the phone, as you’re going to make yourself less hirable later on.
Instead it would be more beneficial for you if you go in during the day shift and talk with them face to face and explain your situation.
Because you went and talked to them in person, they’re going to be more understanding and empathetic.
The best tip I can give you in this situation is too ask for a different position, one that you can begin training right away.
If they can’t, you can terminate your employment immediately and it won’t affect any future employments at other stores or jobs.
However, be sure to clarify this with them first and get it in writing so they can’t use it against you later on!
Is 2 Weeks Notice Mandatory?
If you’re quitting over the phone, by email or letter, then yes, 2 weeks notice is pretty much mandatory if you want to stay in the good books (for both current and future employers).
Do keep in mind that this rule is not set in stone and it all depends on you, your work ethic, how good of a worker you are and the type of employers you have.
I’ve known people that have only given 3 days notice BUT through a face to face conversation.
That’s the keywords here; face to face.
You need to talk to them in person and explain what you’re doing and when you want to quit.
Worst case scenario, you’re told “no” and have to stick it out for the entire 2 weeks.
OR they understand you and let you quit much earlier than the initial 2 weeks and everything is okay 🙂
Is It Common to Quit Within the First Month?
Believe it or not, new workers are quitting within the first week, sometimes even the first day.
They absolutely hate it and don’t feel they’ll get use to the job.
Otherwise they aren’t receiving enough hours to fund their lifestyle, causing them to look for something more stable as 24 hours a week is not going to make you a whole lot of money.
They figure that it’s not for them and they’ll walk out on their break and not come back…at all.
Others will stick it out for a month before they realize it’s not for them and they’ll hand in their 2 weeks notice.
Or they’ll look on the internet for ways to quit their WalMart job and come across articles like this simply because they don’t know how to quit the proper way.
But if you’re one of the new ones that started WalMart and think you’re a bad person for leaving really early, know that you are not alone and people all over the globe are leaving much earlier than you.
Quitting your WalMart job is not a bad thing so don’t ever think you’re a bad person for wanting to, because you are not.
It’s not for everyone and there are bigger and better opportunities waiting for you out there.
I hope you have more clarity on quitting your WalMart job and that you aren’t stuck anymore.
If you still don’t know and still have more questions, please don’t hesitate to put them in the comments below! I’m more than happy to discuss this subject further with you 🙂