Keep It Short and Sweet When Quitting

Quitting your job should be pretty straightforward, right? Give advance notice and thank your boss/team for the opportunity to work with them. Keep it short and sweet. Don’t burn any bridges, especially if your industry is small.

Basically, as good as it might make you feel, it’s not time to vent about all the reasons you hate your job and the people you worked with as we learned from this “I Quit” email posted on Gawker last night:

Hello XXXXXX Team,

After careful consideration, I will be ending my employment with PwC effective Monday, November 11th.

I’ve done two audit internships, one at Deloitte and one at PwC. I hated it then but I thought I’d give it a third try. Third time’s a charm right? GTFOH(If you don’t know what it means Google it!) Basically, my time here as an associate has confirmed everything I already knew ten times over. Auditing is a job for people who truly don’t have any other options and don’t know what else they could be doing. You work day in and day out pulling useless documentation and filling out useless workpapers that won’t really benefit anybody. All of it is BS! After asking dozens upon dozens of auditors what they think of their jobs and getting responses that include “I love my job!” or “I wouldn’t trade it for the world,” I realized just how fake auditors can be.

It goes on from there and concludes with a list of reasons why Beyonce is the best. That’s true—Beyonce is pretty great.

Photo: Christie Parker

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annecara (#1,914)

The previous receptionist at my office kept it exceptionally short and sweet: “This is to inform you that I will no longer be working in [office] effective [tomorrow],” which she left in the business manager’s mailbox for us to find when we came in to work the next day (i.e., the tomorrow of her letter). Then again, this is the same person who skipped work for a job interview with the excuse that her grandfather had suffered a heart attack, so. Perhaps a lack of professionalism was not unexpected.

Lily Rowan (#70)

I wish I had seen this before I wrote a letter of resignation yesterday! Yeah, just kidding, I know how to write a normal one.

emilies (#956)

This is timely! I’m planning on quitting when I get back from the holidays (sorry Employer, I want to get paid for that week). Question: do you need to write a letter if you tell them in person? Also how spineless is it to email it?

Meaghano (#529)

@emilies Okay it is semi-spineless but you gotta do what you gotta do, you know? One happy medium is to write an email requesting a meeting with your boss, and kind of half drop the bomb in the email. Something like, “I’ve been thinking a lot about [my role in this company going forward / how I don't want one] [my frustrations with my work/you] [other opportunities outside of Our Company] [straight up getting the hell out of here] and wanted to sit down and talk about them with you as soon as possible.”

andnowlights (#2,902)

@emilies I told them in person when I handed them my official letter. I just feel like it’s the right thing. But see below for how well THAT went over. I think it depends on the relationship you have with your boss and how professional THEY are.

Lily Rowan (#70)

@emilies If it’s at all possible, you tell them in person. I needed to do a letter as well to officially give HR, but that came after I had talked about it with my boss.

acid burn (#113)

@Lily Rowan Yeah, I always (ok, I have quit two jobs in my life) write an official letter and then request an in-person meeting to hand it to them. The letter basically says “Dear boss, I am writing to say that my last day of work will be X. I’m going to miss this place but I am moving on to the next stage in my life/career/whatever, thank you so much for the opportunities and experience, blah blah blah.”

I find it’s a good idea to put your official last day in writing so they don’t try to pretend like you said something else, which is a thing that people sometimes do. But do give them the news in person before you give it to them in writing if at all possible; it’s more polite and professional that way.

EvanDeSimone (#2,101)

@Meaghano I would add to this a caveat to use your judgement. It is courteous to resign in person, but of your boss is unstable or unpredictable it may be better handled through a medium like email where you have a record of what was said. I’ve had two very bizarre conversations upon leaving jobs and things were later misrepresented. Better to keep it civil and on the record sometimes.

andnowlights (#2,902)

I wrote a letter of resignation, which I gave in person with a verbal “I’m leaving for another department” speech because I felt it was the right thing to do. REGRET! My boss stared at me for an extremely awkward 20 seconds, then turned back to her computer like I hadn’t said anything. I got up and left because what the heck else was there to do? I should add that one of the reasons I left is because she was crazy. Truly one of the most bizarre experiences of my life.

Incidentally, I absolutely LOVE my new job even though it’s kind of a step down in prestige, and am so much happier with life in general.

aetataureate (#1,310)

This person needs to grow way up and fast.

faustbanana (#2,376)

@aetataureate Yeah, I totally get that terrible, mindless office jobs are terrible and mindless (believe me, I get it), but the part where she shits all over people who claim to like their jobs was off-putting. Maybe they do like their jobs, as unbelievable as it is to her. Maybe they’re not in a position to up and quit, so they’re pretending to like their jobs for sanity’s sake. That does not necessarily mean they’re fake or uncool, etc.

When I quit my job – and I will, one of these days – I will write a letter like this for my own gratification, in which I detail everything I hate about my work, how it’s mindless and pointless and utter bullshit, how certain people made me want to quit, etc. Then I will write a polite, restrained letter to give to HR, cause I ain’t no fool.

aetataureate (#1,310)

@faustbanana I find increasingly that people need to shore up their choices or feelings by putting down everyone’s around them. The idea that different things suit different people seems foreign to some, when that’s exactly what makes life so interesting and good every day. Nothing is fake, because every person likes something!

Eric18 (#4,486)

It baffles me that someone would do this. I would guess this person is fairly young (early 20′s), and doesn’t understand the potential consequences of this type of behavior.

cmcm (#267)

The thing is… her email isn’t even clever, funny or terribly amusing. I can imagine she must have been real pain in the ass to work with.

TARDIStime (#1,633)

would NOT be surprised if she struggles to find paid work after this.

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