How to quit your job and stay positive

Getting on the career ladder is a great thing, you start off at the bottom and begin working your way up slowly, but sometimes you can get stuck and  not even realise it. So when the time comes that your job is making you more miserable than you thought possible, it’s time to quit. Don’t fret, you can leave your job behind and still stay sane, you might worry that announcing your intentions will cause your employers grief or annoyance or that you’ll miss your colleagues but ultimately you have to do what’s best for you, so here’s our guide to quitting your job and staying positive about it!

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Decide if quitting is what you really want
Sometimes in the heat of the moment or after a particularly stressful day, quitting can seem like  a release. Thinking about your exit strategy can help you to relax, but if you take a few minutes to think about the positive aspects of what you’re doing, and how this job will help you better yourself, you may find that it’d be best for you to stay.

Deal with the issues that you have
If you’ve bottled up issues that you have for far too long, of course you’ll want to quit. Sometimes all it takes is you bringing up your issues or grievances for them to be solved, or brought to the attention of the right people. Even if you’re set on quitting, do make sure you make your voice heard.

Define your quitting strategy
So, you’re leaving. Think about how you’re going to drop this bombshell, you will have to give notice which is usually defined by your employment contract, so you don’t want to run out of the office in tears after throwing a tantrum at your boss. You may also have to give written resignation, so make sure you’re prepared to thank the company for the time you’ve spent there and say you’re willing to offer any assistance to the company that ay be required of you. You don’t have to explain exactly why you’re leaving, but it can be constructive for a company to hear the problems you experienced if there were any.

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Don’t get tongue-tied
If you don’t want to say why you’re leaving, don’t. Stay positive and focus on everything you’ve gained or learned from your time with the company, and just explain that it’s time for you to move on. You always want to part with a company on good terms, so if you have to give criticism or explain your grievances do so in a positive and constructive way.

Leave with your head held high
Maybe you have another job lined up already, maybe not. Sometimes you have to quit before you find another position, but don’t let it get you down. Sometimes you have to listen to your gut, if you don’t think something is right for you, you shouldn’t compromise yourself. Maybe this path wasn’t the one that will stretch towards your goal, there are more paths out there just waiting for you so don’t worry.

Celebrate
Don’t turn quitting into a negative experience, you took charge of your own future and you should have some time to reward yourself. Make sure you get out and into the world, have drinks or dinner with friends and congratulate yourself for being strong enough to leave when you were unhappy.

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  1. I quit my old job, and it was the best thing I ever did for myself! Not only have I now realized at my incredible new job that what I left behind was a nightmare, but it also caused extreme amounts of anxiety to fall away. Best choice! But for me it was an obvious one: I was coming home at the end of the day, just curling up in a ball and sobbing (boss from hell).

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  2. I quit my job 4 weeks ago after realising that I was in a rut in a career that I didn’t want. I’d alway suggest people having an exit strategy to do the same – whether it’s another job lined up or having some funds in the bank to cover them whilst they find something else but i love the points you made!

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