8 Steps to Quit Your Job

Quitting your job can be a scary prospect. But it doesn't have to be!
I Quit Note on keyboard

Quitting your job can be a scary prospect. But it doesn’t have to be! If you follow the 8 steps in this blog post, you will know exactly what to do and how to get started with quitting your job.

You’ll quit feeling confident that you’re making the right decision for yourself, not just because someone else told you so. So, if you’re feeling unhappy in your job and are considering quitting, read on!

A dejected employee

Step One: Assess Your Situation

The first step is to assess your situation. Ask yourself some questions like these:

  • Why do I want to quit my job?
  • Am I really unhappy in my current position?
  • What would be a better option for me?

These questions can help you get clarity on why you want to quit your job and whether or not it’s the right decision for you. If you’re unsure of what you want, that’s okay! The next few steps will help guide you in making a decision.

Step Two: Make a Plan           

An employee using a PC

Once you’ve figured out why you want to quit your job, it’s time to make a plan. If you don’t have any ideas for what would be better than working at the place where you currently work, that’s okay!

Use this step as an opportunity to brainstorm some possibilities. You can do research on each option and narrow down which is the best fit before committing yourself fully – or not at all!

The important thing about making plans is that they’re flexible enough so that if something more desirable comes along (like getting into business school!) then I’m able to change my mind without feeling like I wasted effort already put in towards quitting.

Step Three: Get Clear on What Else Is Possible

A laptop, phone, and writing pad

If there are things you want in your next job, like a higher salary or more vacation days, start brainstorming what it would take to get those things.

Maybe you need more education or experience? Or maybe the company you want to work for doesn’t offer what you’re looking for? In that case, it might be time to start thinking about other options.

Step Four: Talk to Your Boss

An employee talking to her boss

Once you have an idea of what you want and what’s possible, it’s time to talk to your boss. This can be a difficult conversation, but it’s important! You don’t want to just up and quit without giving them any warning or explanation.

Plus, if there are things wrong with your current job (like a toxic work environment), talking to your boss can help resolve the situation.

Step Five: Give Notice

A resignation letter to employer

Once you’ve talked to your boss and have a plan in place, it’s time to give notice! This step is important because it gives your employer time to find a replacement and makes sure there are no loose ends left hanging. It’s also a respectful thing to do – after all, they did give you a job!

Step Six: Follow Through on Your Plan

Employer and employee shaking hands

Now that you’ve given notice, it’s time for you to follow through on your plan! This means doing everything you said you would do like finding another job or starting school.

Don’t slack off now just because quitting your job is behind you – put in the effort so that things go as smoothly as possible.

Step Seven: Celebrate!

Once everything is finalized and you’re in your new position, it’s time to celebrate! Quitting your job can be a scary process, but if you follow these steps, you’ll know exactly what to do. And that’s something to be proud of.

Step Eight: Don’t Look Back

Walking away and never looking back

Now that you’re out of your old job, don’t look back! It’s done and over with and there’s no use in dwelling on it. Instead, focus on the future and what lies ahead for you. You’ve got this!


So, if you’re feeling stuck in a job you don’t like, or if you’re just not sure what you want to do next, these steps can help. Quitting your job doesn’t have to be scary – just follow these guidelines and you’ll be on your way!

And remember, once it’s done, it’s done. There’s no use in looking back at what could have been. Instead, focus on the future and all the possibilities that lie ahead for you. Good luck!