Quitting your job is like breaking up with your partner. You might feel quite bad about it or you might feel really good about it. But either way, you know that it is time for you to move on.

Moving on from your job is filled with questions and professional courtesy. For example, when should you notify co-workers that you are leaving? It would be easy to just give a few days notice, tell everybody you are leaving in a group email, and be done with it. But it is in your best interest that you do what you can to ensure your exit is smooth.

Terence Winslow, your business coach in Los Angeles, offers ways to graciously quit your job.

Stay Cool

Launching into a tirade against your boss might make you feel really good at the moment, but it might also haunt you down the road. Your boss could be an important key to landing a job in the future. It is also possible that one day, they could be your boss once again. You just never know.

Everyone is a Reference

It is important that you leave your job with a good impression on others. Future employers use social media to get an idea about your character. If you have friended co-workers and slacked off for the last weeks of your job, there could be postings that point that out. You might be painted with an unflattering portrait due to your lackluster performance during the final weeks of your job.

Be Tight-Lipped

Unless you have signed a non-compete clause, you don’t need to give your company a reason as to why you are leaving. Should you feel compelled, you could offer your boss a few tips that will help the company retain employees. But try not to be too specific.

Give Plenty of Notice

Giving two weeks notice is the recognized norm when leaving a job. If you are in a position that requires a specialized skill set, it is recommended that you give more than the standard two weeks notice.

Giving plenty of notice is a great way to ensure a smooth transition process.

Tell Your Boss Face to Face

It is best to schedule a meeting with your boss and let them know in person your intention to leave. It makes a better impression, shows respect and shows your self-confidence as well.

Smooth Things Out

It is not a good idea to leave your employer in a bind, smooth things out before you leave, even if it means staying on longer than you had originally planned.

If your company is in the final stages of a huge project that you are a big part of, you should ride out the storm and stay until the work is finished. If you already negotiated a start date with a new company, they are sure to appreciate that you cannot jump ship at such a critical moment.

If you are interested in the services of a career coach, contact Terence Winslow.