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More and more home service technicians who work in plumbing, heating and air and electrical are working at Nexstar member companies. Technicians who aren’t at Nexstar member companies should be thinking about leaving their current jobs to get hired by these great companies. That being said, resigning from a job can be an awkward, emotion filled experience. There are a lot of wrong ways to quit your job, but fortunately, there’s also a right way to quit your job. Here are a few tips on how to properly quit your job.

Inform The Supervisor At Your New Company That You Need To Give Two Weeks’ Notice

This tip is assuming you are quitting because you got a job at a different company. You shouldn’t quit a job without having another job lined up…that’s dumb. Once you’ve been offered a job by the new company, inform them that you need to give two weeks’ notice to your previous company. You do this out of respect to your previous company.

Write A Letter Of Resignation To Give To Your Supervisor

The resignation letter should be concise, professional and respectful. Clearly state that you are resigning, formally giving the company two weeks’ notice from the date of resignation.

Answer Questions Respectfully And Professionally

You will be asked why you are leaving, probably by multiple co-workers. Be respectful in your response, even if you were not happy at this job. Explain that you found a great opportunity at the new company and you decided it was best for you and your career path.

Exit Interview

At some point, during the two weeks’ notice period, you may be asked by your supervisor to participate in an exit interview; don’t be nervous to do this. Companies conduct exit interviews to figure out why employees quit. Ideally, they should be using this information to find ways to improve. Agree to do the exit interview and don’t worry about it. In the interview, you will be asked questions about what the company could do better. Answer these questions to the best of your ability with honesty and respect. This isn’t a time to air dirty laundry or complain about a co-worker. For example, if asked about company benefits and you thought the insurance deductible was too high, just say, “I thought the insurance deductible was too high.” That’s both honest and respectful.

Finish The Two Weeks’ Notice Professionally

Lastly, work the two weeks’ notice professionally. It’s very tempting to coast during this time. Do your best to put in the work and transition your job as appropriate. Most importantly, show up during this time, don’t just walk off the job before the two weeks are up!

Conclusion

The common theme here; be respectful and professional when quitting a job, even if you didn’t like the company. There are many reasons why, but the most important reason is that you don’t want to burn any bridges. You never know when you might cross paths with co-workers and supervisors again.