You want to quit your job. It's just not working out and you think you want to move on. That's not an easy decision—it will have a huge impact on your life—so don't be too hasty. Give yourself some time to think it over. Make sure that it's the right choice and you've exhausted all your other options. If you decide to go ahead and quit, do things properly. The actions you take now can affect your career for a long time to come. Here's a step-by-step approach to leaving your place of employment that takes you from deciding to quit to leaving your job peacefully.
If you quit your job your life will change in many ways, some for the better and some for the worse. Sure you won't have to deal with a difficult boss anymore or a job you don't like, but you will have a whole new set of challenges. Before you quit your job, make sure this is the right decision. There are several good reasons to quit your job. Find out if yours is one of them.
improve your situation until you can move forward with your plan.
resignation letter and speak to your boss in person if possible. Give sufficient notice. Two weeks is typical for most jobs but professional positions require more time, generally three to four weeks. If you are currently immersed in a large project, give your employer the opportunity to have you train whomever will take it over.
You have some work to do as you begin your job search. You will have to revise your current resume or write a new one, look for job openings and prepare for job interviews. You should also let your network contacts know your job situation has changed, but exercise caution here. If you have decided not to quit your job until you find a new one, you shouldn't broadcast your plans yet.
COBRA and HIPAA. COBRA lets you continue your coverage while HIPAA lets you get new insurance, either on your own, through your spouse's employer or through your new employer, without having to worry about issues such as pre-existing conditions and enrollment periods. You can be subject, however, to a waiting period imposed by a new employer.
Your emotions may be running high and you may be tempted to get even with an employer who you feel has done you wrong. Ignore this temptation because any spiteful acts you commit, such as damaging equipment, telling your boss and coworkers what you really think them, or badmouthing them to other people, will only reflect poorly on you. You're better than that and you have too many things to have to deal with without having to restore a damaged reputation.