Want to quit your job? There’s a right way to do it – Boston Herald

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Q: How do I quit? Seriously, what’s the protocol? I don’t even have a new job yet, but should I tell my boss that?
A: I’ve been getting asked this a lot lately, so you’re definitely not alone as the Great Resignation continues. Whether or not you have a new gig lined up, you’ll still resign the same way. It’s protocol to give your boss two weeks’ notice.
You can state something like: “I’ve appreciated the opportunity to work here as I’ve learned so much the past three years, but I’m moving on. My last date will be X.” That’s it. You don’t have to say you don’t have a new job lined up yet, but you should ask your boss if you need to put it in writing, such as an email to HR with a copy to your boss.
Before you officially head to the exit door, put forth your best efforts to wrap everything up in a bow. Speak to people who will take over your responsibilities, speak to clients, vendors, colleagues, people you would prefer hear the news firsthand from you rather than the grapevine.
On the way out, be pleasant. Refrain from bashing the company during an exit review. Your reputation is everything and will remain long after you no longer work there. Be above board, send a thank you email if you’d like, with your contact information to stay in touch if colleagues don’t already have it. But, above all, be authentic and true to who you are. If these guidelines don’t feel right such as you have zero desire to ever work with any of them again because it was a toxic environment, then don’t send a thank you.
Above all, be light, polite and, most of all, professional.
Q: So many new people have gotten hired here lately doing the same job I’m doing and they’re getting paid a lot more. It’s significant. And it hurts. What can/should I do?
A: I’m hearing this lately in terms of internal employees feeling like you’re not getting paid fairly. I hear your pain and totally get it. Here’s what you can do: First, know your worth. Always. And don’t take out your pain on the newcomers.
If you were to resign and land a new job elsewhere doing the same exact job, what would your new salary be? Do you know what the current new hires are earning? Knowledge is truly power, as cliche as it sounds.
Speak to your boss. Explain that you already know how to do the job, you’ve already built a solid, positive reputation for yourself and there’s zero ramp-up time unlike these new employees who will need time and training to get fully assimilated. Ask for a raise! Simply state you’re under market value and to replace you would cost a lot more and if there’s room for a raise. If so, when. Then, put it all in writing.
It’s a hot job seekers’ market and isn’t slowing down any time soon. Start looking externally regardless. Best case scenario: Your boss comes back to you with the raise and you feel recognized and appreciated. Another best case scenario: You start interviewing with awesome employers who recognize, appreciate you and, wait for it — are ready to pay you what you’re worth (and possibly then some) without you having to ask for it.
— Tribune News Service
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