At some point in your life, whether you're a teen or an adult, you're probably going to want to know how best to quit a job. There are a lot of fantasies and daydreams out there of how some people would like to quit their job, but it's almost always in the employee's own best interests to forego the temptation for theatrics and simply try to leave on good terms.
It can sometimes be hard to figure out how to quit a job, or even if quitting the job is the right choice.In the case of a teen's first job, there may end up being some "buyer's remorse" after getting hired. Perhaps the teen really dislikes his or her new job. Or maybe there's a problem involving the teen's ability to meet the job's responsibilities and expectations.
Regardless, it's critical that a teen who is considering quitting a job take a step back and consider the following questions and suggestions before making any rash decisions.
Once the decision has been made to leave a job, it's time to give notice to the employer. A two-week notice period is standard.
This gives the employer time to begin the hiring and training process as well as adjust the future schedule.
It's best to provide written notification to prevent any possible confusion. A simple note with the current date along with the final date the employee will be available to work will do. It needs to be signed and the manager or supervisor understands when the employee will no longer be available for work.
It's important not to leave on bad terms - no leaving in a huff, no blaze of glory, no impulsive decisions made out of frustration. That's not how to quit your job under good circumstances. Bad mouthing management or fellow employees (no matter how much they may deserve it) just isn't worth it. There's not much benefit to doing so, and it could always come back to haunt you in the future.
It can be very awkward in the future when you run into someone with whom you parted on bad terms - whether in the work world or otherwise - and things will be easier if there are no hard feelings.
A good rule is it try to be as professional and courteous upon leaving a job as you were when you first started.