Career Guide

How to Quit a Part-Time Job

How to Quit a Part-Time Job

Some people think that quitting a part-time job is simple or it is ok to stop working without notice. Don't burn your boats! The way you are leaving has a significant impact on your reputation and the employers.

If you make a graceful exit, you will feel good, and you can contact them anytime in the future. So, you need to plan and take careful action.

Here are the tips for how to resign gracefully from a part-time job with examples of the farewell statement.

What to do before quitting a part-time job

-Schedule to meet your employer

First, set up a meeting with your boss via email or face-to-face. If you send an email to request a meeting, it would be best if you write: "I want to speak with you about my career at your earliest convenience" in the body text. "I want to quit" is inappropriate.

-Set an end date

Set an end date with your boss. You need to submit a tender at least two weeks before you wish to quit.

-Train your replacement

Your employer needs to find your replacement and provide training. You can help with the onboarding process.

-Ask for a reference

Ask your boss to write a letter of recommendation. It will be valuable in your future career.

-Take personal files and stuff with you

Make sure what you need to leave in your workplace and take your personal stuff from the computer. Do not forget to delete sensitive information, such as a social security number for a work

-Nothing on your plate

Keep in mind that you complete all responsible tasks before leaving.

-Make sure when and how you get the payment after leaving

The best way would be asking your employer how and when they make a payment.

When should I hand in the notice?

It would help if you gave the employer ample notice. Depending on a job type or your situation, timing is different. For example, if you work on shift or have a lot on your plate, four weeks' notice is preferable. Some employers accept two weeks' notice, so, you should carefully consider the best timing.

If you want to be part of the onboarding process to train your replacement or introduce the new hire to clients, give it enough time.

Whom should I speak about my resignation

Tell your boss first before informing your co-workers. If possible, you should have a face-to-face meeting as it creates trust. It is a bit hard, but if you speak politely and professionally, they will understand your request.

Without any doubt, your boss will be asking the reason for leaving. It would be best if you rehearse why you want to quit before the meeting. However, usually, employers do not need to know a specific reason. If you are not happy to tell, it not necessary to say. Instead, you should weight your appreciation and your career goals.

Prepare for a counteroffer. If your boss wants to keep you, he or she may offer a higher salary or better conditions, such as more holidays or remote work.

After reaching an agreement, you should ask your boss how to announce your resignation to other employees because the boss may want to use an office-wide email for the announcement.

How to say goodbye

Before and on the day you leave, you will have a chance to express your appreciation to your boss and co-workers. What you should say is how you appreciate the opportunity to work with them, the reason for leaving ( if you are happy), the agreed end date, you are pleased to assist in recruitment and training and wish to have opportunity to work with them in the future.

Here are some examples.

I love my job and enjoyed so much learning new skills here. However, I have decided to focus on studying at university. My last day for work will be 30th March. I appreciate the opportunities you provided. I want to work with you sometime if that opportunity arises again. Thank you very much.

I have enjoyed working at XYZ company. However, I have received a full-time position that I would like to pursue. My last day of work will be on 15th November. I want to thank you for everything I have learned in your department. If there is any way I can help training my replacement, please let me know.

Unfortunately, my incredible journey is about to come to an end. I remember, on the first day, I was so excited to see students and was impressed with your teaching. I have learned so many things from you. My last day of work will be on 20th July. I loved every second of my time here. Thank you so much for your assistance and the opportunities you gave me.

Can I get a payment?

No need to worry about payment unless you quit without notice! If you stop working suddenly, you will be in trouble. Except for that case, you are entitled to receive the wages you worked. For assurance, before leaving, it would be better to ask your boss the payday and the payment method because some employers want to give it by hand.

Last remark

Now that you have learned about quitting methods, you will not fall into a terrible situation. The point is if you can make a clean exit, you don't feel miserable about it, and your employer will be happy to write a reference for you anytime in the future. Remember, you may come across the people again later in life, so keep on good terms with them!