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What You Need to Know Before You Quit

What You Need to Know Before You Quit

By Roberta Chinsky Matuson, Monster Contributing Writer

Give Ample Notice

You’ve probably spent many hours conjuring up ways to tell your boss you are leaving him high and dry. You’ve planned out the exact details. You’ll put your notice in a fortune cookie and have it delivered to your boss while sunning yourself in Jamaica.

That’s the fantasy. Now here’s the reality. Leaving someone high and dry is not very proper or professional, notes Ed Beatrice, CEO of Stoneham, Massachusetts-based Executive Auto Glass. “Two weeks’ notice is common professional courtesy — it’s an unwritten rule,” he says. “Don’t burn bridges. You might want to come back.”

Beatrice remembers having a seven-year employee who gave one week’s notice and left in the middle of the day with work incomplete. Beatrice says he would be hard-pressed to give this person a solid reference and warns people to remember that word gets around.

Write It

All resignations should be put in writing. Briefly explain your reason for leaving and state the last day you will be working. Thank your boss for his support during your employment, even if he was lacking a bit in this area, and wish the company well.

This article was originally published on Monster.com.