Quitting your job is a process – one that, if not done correctly, can tarnish your reputation and leave you with one less usable reference. Follow these steps and quit your job without burning any bridges.

Be sure

The last thing you want to do is put yourself in the same situation you just left. Ask yourself why you are leaving this position and if there is anything you can do to remedy the situation. You may also find that the grass isn’t greener on the other side. Be sure you are making the right decision before you potentially close a door you can’t reopen.

Tell your boss first

You don’t want your boss or HR to find out your intentions through the grapevine. Let them hear it from you first and in person.

Give the proper notice

For some jobs this may mean one week, while others may require a month to find your replacement. Leaving a company high and dry is a quick way to lose a potentially valuable resource and inconvenience any and all employees that will have to pick up your workload until a replacement is found.

Don’t quit during busy season (if you can help it)

Depending on the length of the season, inform your future employer that they will have to wait until the end of your current employer’s busy season. Losing an employee during your busy season, puts a company in a tough spot and would require other workers to add even more to their already strenuous workload. Staying through the season will show both your current and future employers that you have loyalty and professionalism.

Help with your replacement

You understand your position better than anybody else in the company. This makes you the perfect person to find and train your replacement. This ensures a smooth transition for the company.

Start clearing out early

There are a million different things to do before you leave a company. Do yourself a favor by starting the process at least a week in advance. This will give you time to wrap up old projects you were putting off or files you had left unorganized.

Thank your employers and coworkers

Whether you worked with an accounting team, in a call-center, for the finance department or as an administrative professional, one of the best ways to quit a job on a high note is to simply give thanks. Thank your employers for the opportunity and thank your coworkers for making your workday better.

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