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    For a number of reasons i decided i have to quit my job. I’m going to be giving them 2 weeks to find a replacement , however I’ve never done this before in my life, and i don’t know how to say it. I really don’t want to tell my boss WHY I’m quitting, and he’s usually not there when I’m there. Someone gave me an idea to email him. I feel like that’s a little rude. Any ideas? anyone have experience that they can share?


    As a general rule, it’s better to speak to your boss when resigning, rather than doing it by email. After your conversation, send a follow up email — but don’t do it by email initially.

    You don’t owe any explanation. However, you can say that you want to pursue other opportunities or that your interests have changed and you want to go in a new direction.

    Good luck!

    The Wolf


    thanks wolf, well see how it goes…


    he’s usually not there when I’m there.

    I didn’t see this line.

    Nonetheless, if you can wait until you see your boss again (i.e. it’s only a few days or so), it’s better to do it face to face.

    Otherwise, send him an email saying that you need to schedule a face-to-face (or phone) meeting. It’s bad form to resign by email (unless, of course, it’s the ONLY way).

    The Wolf


    Don’t quit unless you have another lined up.


    Wolf is exactly correct. If you can’t talk to your boss personally, at least try to call. Only an e-mail is extremely rude. Basically you do what they would do to you. Talk to you in person and rarely give any reason besides we decided to reorg and you were caught on the outside. Wolf’s reason is best.


    If he is not usually there put it in writing and give him a written notice of resigntation and in it explain that you would have told him in person but his schedule is irradic. If he doesn’t call you in or acknowledge your letter within a week, then email him a copy of the letter and ask for an acknowldegement. Thank him for the opporltunity of working for him, etc., etc, etc, and ask for a letter of recommendation.


    Do it personal and be polite. No need to say why.


    However excellent your reasons for quitting may be, as another person wrote, do NOT quit unless you have already found another job (unless you’ve won the MEGA lottery!) It is ALWAYS easier to find a new job when you HAVE one than when you are unemployed.

    **ALSO – do not be surprised if they do not want your 2 week notice and ask you to leave immediately. This is not (necessarily) out of meanness or spite. Often employers are afraid that if you are leaving, you may use your two weeks to sabotage their systems, steal information for your next employer, or at the very least, just goof off.

    As others have said, however difficult or awkward it may be for you, DO speak to your boss IN PERSON. That way YOU have done the right thing. As they say… Don’t Burn Your Bridges Behind You!


    Don’t quit unless you have something to go to. It is very hard to find a job. Be a mensch (as I am sure you always are) and talk to your boss face to face. It may be uncomfortable, but you might need his endorsement some day.

    from Long Island

    I work for an executive search firm, so I have a few pointers that will work in your favor.

    1. Your old boss will ALWAYS be called as a reference. Therefore, you need to leave on good terms; ie: ALWAYS thank your boss for the opportunity he gave you; ALWAYS tell your boss you are leaving for an opportunity with greater responsibility; ALWAYS ask your boss if he would like you to be available to speak with your replacement, for pointers, after you have left, etc. In other words, ALWAYS keep the door open after you leave, so your former boss maintains a good feeling about you. (remember the future references)

    2. It is ALWAYS easier to get a new job, when you already have one. Employees want an employer that is working and competent at his job. New employees always want to hear about (during job interviews); the desire for additional responsibility; the desire to advance; the desire to learn, etc.

    3. NEVER, ever complain about your former boss to anyone in the work field, news always travels backwards.

    4. When you give notice, be prepared to empty your desk/rolordex, etc and be asked to leave immedietly, so if there is anything you wish to take with your, take it home before you give notice. (and be very careful not to take anything that is “propriety” to your old bosses business.) You can, and will be sued, if you take his list of clients and contact them after you leave.

    5. Do not tell anyone in your workplace you are planning to leave, before you tell your boss.

    6. If need be, call your boss and MAKE AN APPOINTMENT with him, to terminate your employment. Then follow up with a letter/email reiterating the conversation, peppering it with thanks for the opportunity to work for you, for the lessons, skills, learned, etc.

    Good Luck


    thanks everyone for your advice. i saw most of them already after the fact.

    He usually comes about 15 minutes after i leave. He called for a co-worker and i asked if i could speak to him. He was surprised (im sure) cuz i NEVER speak to him. I waited those 15 minutes, and i was SOOOOO nervous! i never did such a thing in my life! And yes, it was a very thought out decision. Of course the first question was WHY???? i answered that im interested in something that’s more high up there which is one of the reasons…

    Don’t worry about them making me leave right away. He wasn’t very happy and asked if i could stay until they find someone else… B”H im over with it!


    i know someone who quit his job through text

    Be lucky


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