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Leaving your job can be complicated. People may be inconvenienced and feelings may be hurt. To make things as simple and professional as possible, follow these guidelines:

  • Decide on a Timeline: Figure out if you should give two weeksโ€™ notice or more. You donโ€™t want to leave projects hanging.
  • Remember the People: Your superiors and colleagues are not โ€œthe company.โ€ Treat them with the respect they deserve.
  • Tell Your Boss in Person: Do your boss the courtesy of letting him/her know face-to-face that youโ€™ll be leaving your job.
  • Formally Resign: Make sure your resignation is documented; submit and e-mail to your boss and cc your HR department.
  • Connect on LinkedIn: Donโ€™t let your relationships go to waste. Stay in contact with anyone whose company youโ€™ve enjoyed.

Leaving on good terms is the best way to a brighter future. Do well by everyone and they will probably do well by you.