5 Easy Steps To Quit A Part-Time Job

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Want to know how to quit a part-time job? It’s easier than you might think. But it’s a great thing that you are referencing this writeup to help ensure that you don’t make any common mistakes.

Let’s jump right into what you should know before you decide to put in your two-week notice with your part-time employer.

Common Part-Time Job “Quitting” Mistakes

Here are some of the frequent mistakes that employee’s make when quitting a part-time job:

  • They believe they don’t have to resign. Sometimes part-time workers feel that all they have to do is tell their employer that they want to quit, and the deal is done. While that can certainly be an action, you could take. It makes you look terrible. And it harms the employer. They can’t prepare for your replacement, and this puts them in a difficult position. It’s a malicious way to quit your job.
  • They don’t need to complete their two-weeks. Once again, an instance where an employee feels as though it is part-time is that there’s no requirement to complete your two weeks. Don’t be fooled. By not completing your two-weeks, you could be showing your employer that you were not happy with their employment. And that could hurt you in the future. For example, if they are called to be a reference for future job applications.
  • They don’t get a letter of recommendation. Getting a letter of recommendation can be a valuable tool for you in your career path. Even if your employment was part-time. If you don’t complete your two-weeks or resign gracefully, getting this letter of recommendation is going to be challenging.
  • They don’t resign gracefully. Lastly, this is something you should know how to do. Resigning gracefully means you aren’t quitting by email. You aren’t leaving a voicemail saying you’re done with the job. You sit down with your employer and mention that you desire to move onto the next opportunity.

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How To Resign Gracefully From A Part-Time Job

To resign gracefully, here are the steps you should take to quit your part-time job:

  • Request to meet with your employer. First, set up a meeting with your employer. Please mention that you’d like to connect with them at their earliest convenience.
  • Have the conversation. When you’re having the conversation, be sure you start with how thankful you are for the opportunity and how thankful you are for the education you’ve received working with them. Then mention that you’d like to move on.
  • Set an end date. Be sure that you work with your employer to set a date when your employment would end. This will be your “two-weeks.” You must work with your employer to ensure they have enough time to train someone new.
  • Don’t lose focus. Most people start to lose enthusiasm for the position during their last two weeks. This is normal. Even if you were an incredible employee, try to keep this up during the final weeks of your employment. It will come in handy when you ask for a letter of recommendation.
  • Ask for your letter of recommendation. A letter of recommendation can be a precious tool in the future. Even if the job you’re applying for doesn’t have any relevance to the job, you have a letter of recommendation. A part-time job still has a manager, and that manager has an opinion of you. Get your letter of recommendation.

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What If They Ask For A “Two-Weeks Notice” Letter

If your employer asks you for this, then they’re looking for your resignation letter. A resignation letter for a part-time job is very similar to a letter for a full-time job.

Here are the things you want to be sure you say in your resignation letter:

  • How appreciative you are of the opportunity to work with them.
  • Keep your mentions of people and your manager in a positive light.
  • Mention your agreed upon end date.
  • Mention that you’d appreciate any future opportunity to work with them once again
  • Bring up that you’d be happy to help train your replacement and that if you can assist them with that process, you will be more than happy to do so.

Related: How To Quit A Job, Look Professional & Retain Your Reputation

Here’s an example of what that might look like:

Dear Ryan —

It’s been a wonderful journey working together. I remember coming into the office and seeing the team for the first time. I was immediately impressed with the level of work you were doing. Getting the opportunity to get employed by you has been a blessing. I’ve learned so many things from yourself and the rest of the team.

While it’s been a difficult decision, I’ve decided I should move onto the next opportunity.

I would love to work with you and the rest of the team at some point in the future, if that opportunity ever arises again.

My final employment date will be May 1st, 2015, as agreed upon in our meeting on April 15th, 2015.

If there is any way I can be of assistance in training my replacement, please let me know.

Thank you so much,
Matt

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