There’s a difference between giving up and quitting. As hard as it can be to leave a job and end it, sometimes it is the right thing to do. COVID-19 has made ending a job even harder. It can feel like a slow fade away. Ultimately, how do you know if it’s time to go? Test your knowledge this week to figure out if you’re at the right place or if it’s time to update your ClearanceJobs profile.

Ways People Exit in a Blaze of Glory

Of course, there are many out there who have dreamed about the day when they hand in their notice. Maybe you’ve seen them before and sat back with your popcorn to watch. Some fun searches online will paint pictures of the following:

  1. Yelling. So much yelling. And name calling. References to things to stick in different places. It’s messy. The whole office cannot look away from the train wreck.
  2. Subtle drawings. Maybe it’s a caricature of a boss or coworker. Maybe it’s a mic drop. Whatever it is, it was intended to send a visual message.
  3. Programmed messages. Sometimes when you give people with mad coding skills the keys to the system and then you treat them poorly, they might take a little revenge on your internal network.
  4. A Hallmark sympathy card. Apparently, some feel that the written word is a lost art and feel like a resignation might go over better with a heartfelt card filled with empty sentiments.

Drama Can Travel Through Six Degrees Faster than You Think

I’d be hard pressed to find a job that warranted a well-planned, dramatic exit. I’m sure it’s out there, but the older I get, the more I realize how small the world really is. Even in a large metropolitan area, the number of degrees between people is often smaller than you realize. The person who just took over my last position met a friend of mine recently. They realized the connection when they met on their military base, and my friend told me this past weekend. Suddenly, my six degrees is gone. But people within the industry talk too.

7 Ways to Quit Your Job Well

It is always wise to control the exit as calmly and kindly as possible – regardless of what your time at the office was really like. If you’re going to quit, keep these seven considerations in mind:

  1. ¬†Hierarchy is important. Tell your boss first and your coworkers second. Don’t mess up that order.
  2. Quit in person or over video teleconference. Phone or email are a last resort. This isn’t the time to list all things negative. If you’re asked what should change, provide one key takeaway. Otherwise, focus on your personal growth and resume options.
  3. Give at least two weeks notice. If you can give more, let them know that. If it’s a good working relationship, you can provide as much time as possible to find your replacement.
  4. Finish your time with your team well. Now is not the time to phone it in and coast to the finish line.
  5. Document, document, document. Everything you did, document it. Make sure your coworkers, your boss, and your replacement know where to find things.
  6. Express your gratitude to your teammates, your boss, and your mentors as you move forward.
  7. Allow your team to know that they can contact you after you leave. If it was a good relationship, there really shouldn’t be a reason why they can’t call with a question. If it starts to be too much, you do have caller ID. You don’t have to answer every call, but you can extend an olive branch to them.

The bottom line is this: it’s a small world, so don’t blow your future in exchange for one tweet worthy resignation.

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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.