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The Right Way to Say, "I Quit!"

The Right Way to Say, "I Quit!"

Margaret Steen | HotJobs

“Leave graciously, and take the high road,” says Kathryn Ullrich, the author of “Getting to the Top: Strategies for Career Success.” “Don’t use it as a time to air your grievances.”

If you have an exit interview with the human resources department, it’s OK to raise legitimate issues and let them know why the new offer seemed better. But don’t use either formal or informal interviews to trash your coworkers.

Not preparing
If your job involves confidential information or you’re leaving to go to a competitor, you may find yourself escorted out the door as soon as you tender your resignation, Ullrich said.

You should prepare for this possibility by making sure you have removed any personal items from your office or computer. (Do not take company items or information, of course.)

Accepting a counteroffer without careful consideration
Your company may offer you a raise or promotion to get you to stay. Sometimes this is a good deal—but keep in mind that much of the time, workers who accept a counteroffer end up leaving anyway not too much longer after. (And your employer might have lingering doubts about your loyalty.)

“People need to know why they’re leaving in the first place,” Adoradio says. If the boss you don’t get along with is still there, or if you still don’t see a likely promotion path at your current company, it’s unlikely that a counteroffer will give you what you’re looking for.

And even if it will, “you have to question, well, why didn’t they offer this to me in the first place?” Ullrich says.

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