Criminal Justice Degrees Guide

Respectfully Quitting Your Job to Go On to Better Things

You have decided to take the big step in earning a criminal justice degree. This is without a doubt something to be celebrated. Yet, though you are now working on earning your education in a field which fascinates you and are therefore striving to begin a new career in something you feel passionate about, you may be feeling anxious about leaving your current job. However, do not fret too much about how to break the news to the bosses and coworkers you have known for so long. As long as you quit respectfully, there will not be any bridges to burn.

There are right ways and wrong ways to quit a job. One of the worst of the wrong ways to quit a job is to simply stop showing up. Not only is this ineffective because you will have your supervisors calling you repeatedly while you doggedly try to ignore your ringing cell phone, but this is also something that can violate a contract and therefore cost you money and future job offers. Quitting by simply not showing up also demonstrates cowardliness and unprofessionalism, which your ex-employer is likely to tell to any potential employer looking into your work history.

The best way to determine how to quit is to put yourself in your current employer’s shoes. If you were an employer and one of your employees was thinking about quitting, how would you prefer for him or her to go about it? Most likely, you would want to have ample time to make arrangements around the employee’s departure, such as potentially finding a replacement or at least redistributing the responsibilities, and you would also want the employee to be respectful, gracious, and helpful. This means that you should do all of these things yourself when you approach your boss. A two week’s notice is the standard for departure, so be sure to make your imminent exit known at least two weeks before you actually leave. This will give your boss plenty of time to prepare for your vacancy. Sometimes, your boss may even relieve you sooner so that you can have some extra time off before beginning your new career. Also, be sure to thank your boss for the opportunity you had working with him or her, even if you did not entirely enjoy your employment. This way, you are less likely to be faced with an angry response when you announce your departure.

Quitting may seem like a tricky thing, but as long as you make sure that you do so with respect and gratitude, your current employer will wish you luck on your next endeavor.

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