Episode 48: How to Tell Your Boss You Are Quitting Your Job

Quitting My Job over Coffee

Welcome back to Episode #48 of The Daily Interaction podcast. Today’s topic is on How to Tell Your Boss You Are Quitting. How to have that conversation in such a way that you continue the relationship with your boss and company, even if you can’t stand your job! This is a dialogue that you want to get right when you are leaving your job and moving on to another opportunity and I tell you step-by-step, word for word, how to have this talk. I also teach you how to have this chat without using the words “quit” “resign” even once!

My coaching clients inspired me to talk about this because it comes up a lot in our sessions, and also as a preparation for my upcoming class, Smart Exit Blueprint, where I teach you step by step how to leave a job that is no longer serving. And in this podcast episode, I teach you how to say the absolute right things – and more importantly, avoid the wrong things! – in the “I quit my job!” conversation. Oh and I also assume that you have already figured out when to quit your job – as in, is it time for you to leave your job or do you need to stay. Today, we are just talking about the logistics of how to go about the “I resign” part with the boss.

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How to Quit Your Job Show Notes:

1.The three components that go into the conversation: Honesty (but not too much, I explain in the podcast what that means), Sincerity (as much as you can muster and then some), and Transparency (to the extend that you feel comfortable and no more).

2. The importance of being professional: I explain what is being professional and how to watch your attitude, demeanor, and emotions.

3. How to plan for a smooth transition before you quit your job. And NO, you do not get unemployment when you quit your job! You get unemployment when you get laid off and even that depends on the corporation.

4. How to start the process by requesting a 1:1 private chat with your boss, write a letter of resignation as part of the formality, an go to make your announcement that you are quitting your job.

5. The 3 parts to your “I quit my job” conversation, without using the words “quit” “resign”: The announcement part, the gratitude part and the transition and flexibility part.

6. Listen to the podcast for the exact phrases to say to your boss when you are quitting your job, and how to answer the question: “Why are you leaving your job?”

7. How to express your gratitude and thanks for working at your job and how to help your boss with a smooth transition for your replacement after you leave.

8. How to use that pent-up energy and anger and frustration that you have for your employer and put it to good use and into good projects. I walk my talk in this one. This is what I created with my frustrations of my corporate job and the american corporate culture in general: Smart Exit Blueprint .

So there you have it, my thoughts on THE conversation with the boss. Maybe you are just dreaming of having this chat now, or maybe you have already had it and have a story to share on how to quit your job? Eager to hear your thoughts in the comments.


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  • http://www.midwaymarketplace.com/blog7 Maxwell Ivey

    Hi Farnoosh; Another great show and a boost to my friday afternoon. When listening to this it reminded me of one of the more important things my dad taught me about the carnival business. It applies to your talk about telling your boss you are quitting because he showed me that one of the most critical times in the business was when you are leaving town. He often explained that no matter how bad the event was, no matter how little money you maid there, no matter how the people treated you; you always left the event organizers with the idea that things were not all that bad and that next year was still a possibility. Part of this was because festival and fair committees are made up of business people who communicate with other business people in surrounding towns and cities and part of it was leaving badly could result in being harassed by law enforcement officials on the way out of town. He would always have a suggestion as to how next year’s event could be better and rarely was there a group that didn’t call us for next year. And sometimes we would try one more year, while other times we would have a better booking for the same dates. so, how you handle the bad news is one of the ways people can and will judge what kind of a person you are and what kind of business you are running. thanks again and take care, max

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      Hi max, so nice to hear from you, my dear loyal listener and I am glad you are enjoying the podcast – I really enjoyed your Dad’s advice. It’s very acute, and incredibly wise business advice! I bet it can work wonders for anyone in any niche or business. I am definitely taking it to heart and applying it to my own business. Thank you for listening and for adding wisdom to the podcast with your thoughts, Max.

      • http://www.midwaymarketplace.com/blog7 Maxwell Ivey

        Hi Farnoosh; well, you put on a good show. I enjoy them, or i wouldn’t keep listening especially when the topic headline may not sound like it applies to me. Sometimes, its just being reminded of lessons you have already learned. Sometimes its just hearing that someone has done it and succeeded and you feel more like you will too. The key is to just keep the mind and ears open. smile I’ll be looking forward to your next blog post and podcast. take care, max

  • http://www.wveasley.org William Veasley

    Thanks for the advice! I totally agree with you and I am going to have to use it one day because my passion does not exsist at my current job. I always want to be able to come back to it if I ever have too, though.

    Best wishes,
    William Veasley

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      William, hello and welcome here. You are most welcome! I hear you, I do, and I hope the quitting day comes to you very soon but not sooner than when you are ready. All the best and do come back anytime, William.

  • http://www.byjanet.net/purple janet

    Unbelievable timing Farnoosh!! I am going to quit my job today… *gulp* have the letter ready!

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      That IS pretty good timing, Janet. Keep me posted. Crossing fingers and toes for you, my dear. Good luck and can’t wait to hear about it.

  • John J

    Very true, Farnoosh. I must say that I like my current position, and I have the best manager that I have ever had the opportunity to work for at any job. The issue is that I have been offered an opportunity at the director level, and a move to a very nice area of the country. It is just an opportunity that, if passed on, will result in me kicking myself in the rear in about a year.

    • http://www.ProlificLiving.com Farnoosh

      John, seek the opportunities that make your heart jump and give you a chance for growth and going past your comfort zone. Your manager, if he truly cares about your career advancement, will support you and now, you can be friends and stay in touch after you no longer report to him. Good luck and thanks for sharing your thoughts.