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Making a Graceful Exit
Leaving a job can be a nerve-wracking experience, but if you follow some basic rules of workplace etiquette, giving notice doesn't have to be an overwhelming task.
You want the people you're leaving behind to maintain a sense of job satisfaction and to feel appreciated for the time they've invested in you.
Some suggest that managers and executives are expected to give a longer length of notice than lower-level employees, but we've found that two weeks is sufficient regardless of your role in the company. Once you've notified your employer that you will be leaving, a certain degree of tension and awkwardness can be expected, and there is no reason to elongate this stress. You can help prepare the company for your departure before you've actually given notice by arranging meticulous files and instructions for your replacement.
The Moment You've Been Waiting For (Or Dreading)
When you walk into your boss's office to announce your plans, it's a good idea to come equipped with a resignation letter. Some companies require the letter as a legal document, so you cannot say later that you were fired. Even if it's not company policy, the letter gives you a chance to express your reasons for departure, and to document your last date of pay (which also ensures you won't be forced to stay longer than necessary).
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Even if you are not planning on using your employer for future references, you never know when your professional or personal paths will cross in the future.
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