How To Quit A Job You Just Started: Full Guide, Examples

Are you thinking about quitting your job after you just started? This is a hard time. But it’s solvable. First, don’t worry, this happens to everyone at least once in their career. Second, let’s figure out how we’re going to resolve the problem and move forward.

Quitting your job after only a few days of employment is never going to be easy. But it’s important to recognize that sometimes, things simply “don’t work out”. And that’s okay. But in order to make sure that you uphold your reputation and resign in a fashion that’s going to come across as professional, you’ll need a little bit of help.

Let’s dig into a few things regarding the situation you’re in.

Is It You Or The Job

Before you go ahead and resign, let's figure out what the reason is for your desire to leave. Did you receive a better offer somewhere else? Are you unhappy with the position? Let’s go through each one.

You are resigning for another offer

If you had other job interviews, decided to go with the position you chose and started employment then all of sudden received another offer, what do you do? The best thing to consider is your long term career plan. Is the offer worth risking your current employment? Does this place of work give you upward mobility? Weigh the pro’s and the con’s of the opportunity before resigning.

You are resigning because you’re unhappy with the position

If you’re unhappy with the position, this is a common scenario. Fortunately, employers will understand if you communicate to them that the position is not what you anticipated and you are feeling like it’s best to move on before you get too deep into the work. But this will still be difficult to navigate as it sets back the employer considerably.

Can You Make It Work & Stay

It’s very important to remember something critical here: you have a job. Going back out into the job market can be difficult. Recall all the effort you went through applying for positions, following up on those applications, going through the phone interviews and the entire process. It’s vital to keep that in mind before you make fast decisions.

If you feel like there’s an opportunity to make your current position work, it’s recommended that you do that. Speak with your manager, tell them that you anticipated the position requiring something else and ask how you might be able to resolve what’s causing you to feel doubt about the position.

What Repercussions Might Happen If You Resign

If you have another job offer and you’ve spent the time to consider that your current place of employment simply won’t be able to offer you the same benefit, then you’ll need to consider repercussions on your reputation.

Employers won’t look fondly upon the fact that you want to leave right after you’ve been employed, especially for another position. The best thing you can do is be transparent with them and offer your sincerest apologies. In your steps you’ll want to take in order to resign after such a short period of time:

Giving Appropriate Notice

Giving the appropriate amount of notice will help save some of your reputation in this process. Are you thinking about resigning over the phone? Don’t do it. Resigning over the phone for a job that you just started is going to look very poorly on you. Try to write your resignation letter first, then set up a time to meet in person with your employer.

Giving two-weeks notice is the professional way to resign, no matter how long you’ve been employed. This gives the current employer ample time to find a replacement. And if you are resigning so quickly, they may even be able to move forward with candidates that they passed on in lieu of you.

How Should You Explain The Reason For Your Resignation

There’s really only a few ways to go ahead and explain the reason for your departure. The best thing you can do is keep your explanation short. Don’t go too in-depth with your reasoning as it will make the situation more difficult. Here are a few examples of how you might explain your reason for such a short period of employment before you resign.

“I’m incredibly grateful for the position. Though, once I started I realized that I’m not feeling like this role is best suited for me.”

“I’m incredibly grateful for the position. Though I did receive an advancement opportunity and I would not inconvenience the company in this way unless it were that beneficial for my career. I hope you can understand and support me.”

Sample Email Regarding Resigning A Job You Just Started

If you are curious about what a sample email looks like where you mention to your employer that you'd like to quit (or resign) after recently being employed, here's what it might look like:

Dear [Manager Name]—

I want to thank you for the opportunity to work here. And for taking a risk on my employment. I would like to have a conversation with you regarding my desire to resign. Unfortunately, I don't feel this position is working out so well for me. I'm available to speak at your earliest convenience.

Thank you,
[Your name]

author: patrick algrim
About the author

Patrick Algrim is an experienced executive who has spent a number of years in Silicon Valley hiring and coaching some of the world’s most valuable technology teams.

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