You’re a teenager, and you’re ready to quit your job. But you do not want to burn any bridges, right? This decision may leave you feeling conflicted and anxious, and that is okay. It is normal to experience a variety of emotions during this time, especially if it is a job that you have enjoyed. Whatever the circumstances, it is important to resign in a graceful and professional way. Faith Boone, marketing director at Effective Leadership Academy, shares the ABCs of Communication.
The ABC’s of Quitting Your First Job:
It is important to be respectful and courteous when leaving a position, but hearing what the supervisor has to say after you make your announcement is also key. You may feel nervous or anxious because one never knows how an employer will react. You should, however, make sure that you are still being attentive and allow them to respond.
The supervisor may have questions, comments, or concerns that need to be answered. Or you may be required to have an exit interview. Make sure you give your full attention. This should be a two-way conversation, so everyone is fully aware of what’s going on.
Check your body language when giving your notice. During an exit interview, do not cross your arms. Have good posture, whether standing or seated. Keep good eye contact. You can also learn how the employer may feel about your departure by taking note of their body language as well. But even if your employer is displaying negative body language, maintain your composure and professionalism. Ensure that you are always representing yourself positively. You do not want your employer to make any misinterpretations based on your body language. You never know if you and your employer will come in contact again later in life, so you always want to make sure you leave a good impression.
Clarity of Message
Give your employer specific details of why you are leaving, both positive and negative reasons, to avoid any miscommunication. Make sure you understand what you need to do to finish up your last days. Before leaving the company, make sure that you complete any projects you have been working on, or tie up any loose ends. There is no harm in asking someone to repeat themselves, or you can take notes so you don’t forget important details.