It’s the Last Impression That Counts

Anna Colton, a recruiter with HireStrategy and former technical writer and STC WDC member, shared her thoughts on the right way to quit a job in this 2007 blog entry from The Source.

Don’t have time to read the whole thing right now? Here are some of her words of wisdom that she expands on in the piece. I took the liberty of changing the original capitalization (since these are headings) to create this list.

  • Do resign in person. To your direct supervisor.
  • Don’t resign via e-mail.
  • Don’t be a jerk.
  • Do thank your boss.
  • Do create a resignation letter for your file.
  • Do expect, but don’t accept, a counter-offer.
  • Do develop a transition plan.
  • Do name a successor, if appropriate.
  • Don’t expect your boss to throw a party.

[Editor’s Note: A 2012 update is available in Career Resources: How to leave your job on a positive note.]

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I'm a technical communication consultant working primarily in the bioinformatics field and also designing and delivering training classes on 508 compliance for electronic documents. I have been involved with the STC Washington, DC - Baltimore chapter since 1994 and am an STC Fellow.