Picture this scenario: You’ve just been hired by XYZ Corporation at $18 an hour. A week later, you’re offered a job at a competitor for twice the pay and great benefits. Realizing the upsides of working there, it becomes an easy decision in your mind. But what do you say to your ex-employer? How do you quit a job you’ve only just begun?
For new employees, it can be difficult handing in a resignation so soon. It can also be difficult on co-workers that may have become fond of you. But if the job you have found is irresistible, or alternatively, if the position you’re in currently is a bad fit, it’s good to leave early.
At other times, it isn’t such a good idea. You’ll need time to reflect on what’s important, so get a paper out and list the positive and negatives of the situation.
1. Making a sound decision
A few good reasons to quit a job you’ve only just joined are:
– Significantly better pay
– More suitable environment, work style, location, challenges
– You hate the current job and know it won’t get any better
– You can’t make peace with another employee or the boss
– Overall hostile environment
Bad reasons to quit a job you’ve only just started:
– Lack of recognition
– Internal politics that don’t involve you
– Don’t like a co-worker’s hairstyle
– No smoke breaks
See what you’ve come up with in the pros and cons columns – does it make sense to cut yourself out of a job so early? Is money the only thing that counts to you, or does engagement count for something in your career? Do you think you can give your current job another chance?
Lastly, are you blowing things out of proportion?
All your answers count, so jot them down and make your final decision after weighing the pros against the cons. Speak to a family member if you need a push. Ultimately, the decision will be yours.<br />
2. Give Notice Tactfully
Be courteous when you tell your boss that you appreciated the opportunity to work for them, no matter how short your stay. Then hand them a simple resignation letter, which includes the departure date.
Letting your boss and co-workers know in person is best and they’ll appreciate your professionalism. If it is possible, give the obligatory two weeks notice.
3. Explain Why You’re Leaving
When speaking about your reasons for leaving, do it openly but do not give any personal reasons and do not gripe.
If you’re quitting because your boss or the environment was poor, it is a good idea to share this sensitive information with HR to improve their employee retention. Establishing a positive close to your relationship with the ex-employer is preferable and may benefit you in unexpected ways.
Quitting after just a few days or weeks at a new job can be a risk. Having made your final decision, tactfully explain why you’re leaving and give your boss a brief resignation letter. This will ensure you leave a professional impression, no matter the outcome.