As a professional, you may wonder how to gracefully quit a job you hate. This is something you will have to decide for yourself, as there is no one way to do it. How to gracefully quit a job you’ve grown to hate depends on a lot of factors, including the atmosphere at your place of work and the kind of job you have.

If you’ve only been at your current job for a short time, you may opt to not put in on your résumé at all for your next job hunt. But if you’ve been with your current employer for a while, it may be hard to explain a large gap in employment if you exclude this job from your résumé.

It’s Not Always Easy, but it Can be Done

If things have deteriorated at work to the point of hostility between yourself and your coworkers and or yourself and your employer, a messy departure may be unavoidable. Still, you’re probably thinking that you will have to find another job, and you don’t want to have to explain to a prospective employer why you left your last job on bad terms. So, here are a few tips that you can use to gracefully quit a job you hate.

Sit Down with Your Boss Face-to-Face

If you really want to know how to gracefully quit a job you hate, you should probably sit down with the person who is responsible for hiring and firing you. Be sure that you choose the right time. For example, you probably don’t want to say, “Hey, I need to talk to you” when you’re busy. Additionally, choosing to talk to your boss when he or she is in a bad mood probably isn’t the best time to talk. Instead, wait until your boss is not busy and is in a good mood and politely say, “Sir (or Ma’am), may I talk to you in private if you have a moment?”

When you get your boss alone, remember to be softspoken and polite. Kindly explain to them that while you are beyond grateful for the opportunity to work here and the life-enriching experiences you’ve had, you are convinced that it’s time for you to move on. If you don’t have a job lined up already, just tell them that you will be taking a couple of weeks to gain your bearings and starting a new job hunt once you figure out your direction, and you would like to know if you could use them for a positive reference in your job hunt.

Ask. Don’t Tell!

Also, instead of telling your employer how much of a notice you’re giving them, ask them how much time they need to train someone else to fill your position. This shows that even though you’ve decided to move on, you still have their best interests at heart, and they’re much more likely to provide you with a great reference, even if the relationship has deteriorated. You could also ask, “Would 30 days be enough for you?”



How To Gracefully Quit A Job You Hate

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