How to Resign When You Hate Your Job

Resigning from your job is never an easy thing to do at the best of times but somehow it almost seems such a hard decision and thing to do when you hate the job that you are resigning from.

Everyone goes through periods of hating their jobs but before deciding to resign from your position you need to carefully look at what this means. Do you have another job to go to? Is this something that could pass in time? Are you sure you have exhausted all options of being able to like your job?

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Once you have carefully considered these aspects then you need to go about resigning from your position in the following ways:

Stay calm

At all costs do not let emotion get involved in this important decision. Think of the experiences and opportunities you have had in this role and what you have learnt to date and accept that the reasons you hate your job are not going to change and that to move on and to change the future this is the best decision for you. If you are calm about resigning then everyone around you will also be calm and just deal with a difficult time calmly.

Be rational

Be rational over your decision. It’s not wise to purely resign from a position for example for differences of opinion or the fact that you do not like someone so make sure that you are rational about the reasons you want to resign and weigh up carefully what this means to your future. Think of you CV and how this will look, think about your references, money.

Related: How to Resign Gracefully From Your Job

Do not be negative

When you are sure that this is the only decision you have then it is time to write your resignation letter stating that you will be leaving from NAME of POSITION on X notice period, in accordance with your contract of employment or terms and conditions. Always try to thank the person you are addressing your resignation letter to as this makes you end things well for example: thank you for giving me the opportunity but I now feel that I would like a fresh challenge etc. Try to avoid being too negative. This is not to say why you are leaving truly but try to make a bit more of a positive light on it so that you seem professional at all times.

Be helpful during your notice period

Once you are working through your notice period, do try and be as helpful as you can to make the transition smooth and if your role has been replaced, do try to show your replacement what they need to do in this role and remember that this is new to them and that you have to leave them to discover any pitfalls that you feel there is about the role and company. Do not dishearten someone new; let them find their own feet.

Related: Resignation Letter Example with Two Weeks Notice

Explain carefully why you have decided to leave

When explaining why you are leaving, practice this on a friend or family member first. Be honest so that the company can improve things for the next person but be diplomatic about what you are saying to them about the reasons for leaving and make sure above all you leave that company in a good light so that you will get a good reference for future employers.
New job

If you have a new job to go to, please avoid bragging about your new job and rubbing it in your colleague’s faces. They are still to work in that company so although they may agree with your decision on a personal level they still have to work there so please think about that before saying too much.
Goodbye

Do remember to remain courteous and dutiful until you leave. Remember to thank people for the opportunities that you have been given and this is the best decision for your future career. Make sure that you wish everyone both colleagues and Managers well and the company for the future and that you will stay in touch. Whether you do or not doesn’t matter. It’s how you come across until the second you leave. Once you leave then you can do what you like.

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