Four Ways to Quit Your New Job
Peter Vogt | Monster Senior Contributing Writer
June 18, 2009
You’re two days — or perhaps only two hours — into your brand-new job or internship when the horrifying thought hits you: “What have I done?”
You want to quit, and fast. In fact, deep down you may already have decided to leave. Should you?
The Risks and ‘Rewards’
It’s only natural — and sensible — to be concerned with how quitting a new job might affect your prospects, both immediately and in the future. If you do leave a job after a very short time, you’ll likely face one or more troubling consequences:
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But there’s another side to this issue. By quitting an ill-fitting job sooner rather than later, you’ll probably preserve your psychological, emotional and even physical health. And in some cases, you could argue that you’ll save the employer’s psychological, emotional and fiscal health as well, especially in the long run.
You will have to make the decision. But if you’re already asking yourself if you should quit, you’re probably on the way out the door. You wouldn’t be thinking about it so much if you weren’t leaning toward following through.
So now it’s time for some damage control. To minimize the negative consequences of quitting:
Resign in Person
Your new boss deserves to hear from you face to face. You owe it to him to provide an in-person explanation of why you’re leaving. This is not the time for a letter, an email message, a phone call or, worst of all, simply disappearing and never being heard from again.