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    2. How To Quit a Job You Just Started

    By Indeed Editorial Team

    Updated June 8, 2022 | Published February 25, 2020

    Updated June 8, 2022

    Published February 25, 2020

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    Starting a new job can sometimes result in feelings of regret, and you may begin to question if it's really the right fit for you. If the desire to leave the new job wins out, you'll need to do so respectfully and skillfully to avoid damaging yourself professionally. In this article, we give you tips on how and when to quit a new job.

    When to quit a job you just started

    No matter how carefully you research a company before accepting a job offer, there may be circumstances when the new position or the new company isn’t a good fit for you. Here are some common reasons why you may decide to quit a new job:

    • The work environment is not a good fit

    • You have health concerns

    • The commute is not what you expected

    • There are scheduling issues with your work hours

    • You need to relocate

    Related: How to Know When to Quit Without Notice and Resign Professionally

    Checklist for quitting a job you just started

    If you’ve decided that your new job isn’t a fit and the issues can’t be resolved, then you’ll want to quit your job in a professional way. Here are the steps you can take to quit your new role:

    1. Start job hunting

    Being unemployed can be difficult, especially if you don't have another job lined up, so it is best to look for a job while you are still employed. Recruiters understand that some jobs are just not a good fit, so be sure you are ready to answer questions about why you are leaving your new job. Prepare a good response without saying anything negative about your company, as it might discourage some recruiters.

    2. Draft your resignation letter

    You should be prepared to submit a resignation letter when you quit your new job. Make sure your letter has a positive and professional tone and include the effective date of your resignation. It’s standard to give at least two weeks’ notice when you can.

    You don't need to give a specific reason for leaving unless you want to. For example, if you need to relocate to a new city and your reason has nothing to do with the new job. Avoid saying anything negative in your letter, and express your gratitude for the opportunity they gave you.

    Use a professional business format and don't forget to sign the letter.

    Related: How to Give Two Weeks' Notice (With Examples)

    3. Submit your resignation personally

    Make sure you submit your resignation personally to your supervisor to show respect. You will probably also need to explain why you are choosing to resign from the job. Be prepared, as your supervisor might ask you to stay by suggesting solutions to your problems. Companies don't like wasting resources, and they usually do what they can to encourage employees to stay. Before you talk to your supervisor, make sure you are decisive about leaving and be ready with a response.

    4. Keep doing your best

    Make sure you keep a good relationship with your colleagues while you are still working for the company. Leaving the company doesn't mean you shouldn't try to do your best while performing your job, and you are still being paid for your best efforts.

    5. Reflect and move forward

    Resigning from a job can often be a cause for reflection on what your career aspirations are and how to effectively achieve your goals. Try to examine your experience for lessons learned so that your next job role will be a better fit.

    Related: How To Explain Your Reasons for Leaving a Job (With Examples)

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    Consequences of quitting a job you just started

    Below are some things to consider when deciding whether to leave a job:

    You may get denylisted

    There is always a possibility that a new employee gets blacklisted, also known as denylisted, by a company and its affiliates for resigning from a job they have just started. Companies invest money and time in the hiring process , so they may attempt to prevent you from applying to future openings if they consider you to be a potential financial burden for attempting to leave a new job again.

    You can damage your professional reputation

    Leaving a newly acquired job can be detrimental to your next job application. Recruiters might conclude you are unreliable, and if you include it on your resume, your interviewer will ask why you left after such a short period. 

    Moreover, your resignation may leave a bad impression on your colleagues. Your workload will likely be distributed to—and unwillingly accepted by—your colleagues. Also, they might not understand your reasons for such a quick departure.

    It can put you in a difficult financial situation

    Leaving a job before you even receive your first paycheck could result in having to divert money from your savings to pay your financial obligations. It’s always advisable to look for other work before you quit. However, if you really must resign as soon as possible, planning it out and ensuring you leave the company with tact and respect will leave the door as wide open as possible for your next job.


    15 Signs It's Time To Quit Your Job

    Related: First Impressions Mistake: Waiting for People to Get in Touch with You

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    Can I quit a job I just started?
    If you just started and resign within a few months, your boss may ask you to leave immediately since there is little information you can pass on to your replacement. You should still offer to help with any part of the transition you can, but be respectful of your (former) employer's decision. more
    How do I quit a casual job I just started?
    How to Resign from a Casual Job
    1. Consider your decision.
    2. Give notice.
    3. Write a resignation letter.
    4. Hold a meeting.
    5. Ask for a letter of recommendation (optional)
    How do I quit my nursing job I just started?
    Instead of casually saying that you plan to quit (or sending a text message), take time to write up an official letter of resignation, and then hand that to your manager (in person) when you plan to quit. Ask to meet for a moment in his or her office. more
    How do I quit a PRN job I just started?
    Next, compose a letter of resignation stating your end date and saying something cordial, such as “I have enjoyed my time at (name of employer) and thank you for the opportunity.” Resign in person or by phone first and then follow up with a written notice stating your end date. more
    How do I quit a job I just started 3 days ago?
    If you started a new job a few days ago (or even weeks/months) you can still quit by requesting a meeting with your manager and handing them a written resignation letter. more
    What to say to quit a job you just started?
    Bring a written letter of resignation with you that references your expected last day of work. Your letter should be brief, polite, and professional. Avoid making any negative comments that might come back to haunt you, especially if they are delivered in writing. more
    How do you quit a job you just started?
    Should you choose to pack up, this is how to quit a job you just started:
    1. Resign in person.
    2. Keep a positive tone.
    3. Draft a letter of resignation.
    4. Offer at least two weeks' notice.
    5. Don't mentally check out.
    What to say when you quit a job you just started?
    When quitting a job that you just started, you should apologize for the change of circumstance or any inconvenience, thank them for giving you the opportunity to work with them and let them know that you would hope to be able to work with them in the future. more
    How do I quit a job I just started without notice?
    What to do if you need to resign without notice
    1. Go through your contract.
    2. Talk to someone from your current job.
    3. Talk to someone from your new job.
    4. Speak to your employer.
    5. Write the date first.
    6. Explain only the necessities.
    7. Remain professional.
    8. Include questions.
    How do you quit a fast food job you just started?
    Come in to work, find your supervisor, and ask to speak with him or her privately. Then hand your supervisor the letter. Your supervisor will probably ask where you are going, and may ask why you are leaving. You can be honest, but be gracious. more
    How do you politely quit a job you just started?
    Should you choose to pack up, this is how to quit a job you just started:
    1. Resign in person.
    2. Keep a positive tone.
    3. Draft a letter of resignation.
    4. Offer at least two weeks' notice.
    5. Don't mentally check out.

    Source: www.indeed.com

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