Recently, internet content producer Marina Shifrin quit her job with a video on YouTube. So far, she’s had 13 million views of her resignation. How you quit your job is so important. In most cases, resigning with a video on the internet is probably not the best way to leave your position.
Regardless of how you feel about your employer, leaving on bad terms is never a good idea. The way you leave a position can really affect your future employment; even many years after you leave. The professional world is getting smaller and smaller. With online social networks, former employers, coworkers, customers, vendors and such connectfrequently. If you leave a bad impression on your way out the door, it is too easy for this to haunt you in future job searches. If you’re thinking of resigning, there are things to consider carefully when turning in your resignation:
How much notice is appropriate?
It is best to give as much notice as possible when resigning. Two weeks at the very minimum but if you’re in a leadership position, 30 days is now the professional minimum. The more notice you provide, the smoother the transition will be for everyone involved. It gives you time to wrap up loose ends and leave on a good note while giving the employer time to begin their search and make plans to keep things afloat during the transition. Limited or no notice could tarnish your reputation with future employers.
Who should receive the resignation?
Despite what you saw in Marina’s video, it is best practice to resign in person directly with your immediate supervisor first. Resigning via email, text or video, in most cases, is not appropriate. If you want to leave on good terms, this should be a face-to-face conversation where the two of you can work out an exit strategy, timeline, etc. If a meeting is not possible (such as if you work in a different city than your supervisor) then a phone conversation is fine too. It should be a conversation.
What should you say?
Share your compliments and gratitude for the opportunity. Then, let your employer know you have decided to leave. Leave emotion out of it, go into it with a positive attitude and keep it professional. Say something simple like “the time has come for me to move on to another opportunity where I can continue to learn and grow with a new team. I’ve learned a lot here at XYZ company and I will miss everyone but the potential with this new position was just too great to pass up.”
Come prepared with a timeline and an update on projects you are currently responsible for so you can work together on a transition plan. “I know we’re in the middle of some key projects so I’d like to give you 3 weeks notice so we can work together to transition them to other members of the team before I leave.” If you really want to set the stage for leaving on a high note, offer to be available to answer any questions on your projects after you leave. “Don’t worry, if anyone has any questions on my projects after I leave, I am just a phone call away happy to help if I can.”
One other item to decide together is how your resignation be communicated to the team. Agree on a plan together.
Follow up the conversation with a resignation in writing.
After your discussion, summarize it in a simple one or two paragraph formal resignation letter. Keep it positive and thank your supervisor for their understanding. Include any important details such as the timeline and any discussions regarding project hand-offs, etc. If you decide to offer help after you leave, put that in the letter too.
What if you want to quit with a video on YouTube?
If you choose to quit via a video on YouTube (which I don't recommend), then I highly suggest you create a dance. Dancing in your resignation video really helps. Just ask this guy.
Finally, keep in mind your employer may react to how you decide to resign so choose wisely. Just ask Marina. Her employer responded with a video of their own:
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