How to Quit Your Job Without Giving Notice

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how to quit your job without giving

notice in all US states except Montana

employees are presumed to be at-will

employees this means that unless you

have a written contract you have the

right to quit whenever you want for any

reason or even for no reason at all

however many employers require that you

provide two weeks notice when you quit

if you don't the employer may refuse to

give you a reference or withhold payment

of accrued leave this means that if you

want to quit your job without giving

notice you need to carefully evaluate

your company's policies and make sure it

won't cost you more than it's worth one

two drafting a formal letter

consider talking to someone in human

resources first there may be options

available to you if you want to quit

without giving notice because you have a

personal or family crisis or because

you're the victim of workplace

harassment if you have a problem with

your work environment such as an abusive

boss or co-worker make sure the person

with whom you speak is not involved with

or connected to the situation explain

your reasons for wanting to leave

immediately and see if any

accommodations can be made for example

you may be allowed to work out a notice

by working from home however if your

work is not the type of thing you can do

remotely such as if you work on an

assembly line this may not be an option

make sure this meeting will be kept

confidential you don't want everyone

knowing you're going to leave until you

do so otherwise there might be some


search for example letters if you're

unsure how to compose your letter you

may be able to find samples online that

will help guide you avoid copying a

sample verbatim though it might not fit

your situation try to find more than one

sample read them carefully so you

understand the substance well enough to

make it your own you typically don't

necessarily want your letter to sound

too formal or can however if you're

delivering the letter to an abusive or

problematic boss I can letter may be


use traditional business letter format

as tempting as it may be to fire often I

quit email a traditional letter is a

better way to go even though you're not

giving any notice it shows that you

respect your employer you typically can

find a business letter template on any

word processing application using that

will make formatting your letter much

easier if your employer has a dedicated

human resources department create two

identical letters one should be

addressed to your boss the other to the

head of Human Resources include your

personal address on the letter along

with any additional non company contact

information such as your personal phone

number or email address

maintain a courteous tone regardless of

your real feelings about your boss or

your job experience courtesy makes a

better impression being polite and

professional will make it easier to

accept your resignation

state the exact date on which you want

your employment to end don't say

effective immediately or effective at

the end of this week if you're writing

the letter on September 14th and you

expect your last day to be September

16th right I am writing to resign my

position effective September 16th

apologize for not being able to provide

any notice and close your letter by

thanking your employer for the


keep it brief into the point show your

employer you respect their time don't go

in a long rambling rant about your

personal issues or your problems with

the company simply state that you're

resigning your position effective

immediately and leave it at that

keep in mind that this letter could come

back to haunt you even if you already

have another job lined up you shouldn't

put it past your boss to send a copy of

the letter to your new employer

especially if you live and work in a

relatively small town or work in a

close-knit industry if you're not

comfortable disclosing the reason you

need to resign you don't have to say

anything specific remember that is an

at-will employee you can leave at any

time for any reason at all or for no

reason mention any issues regarding a

crude time off or your last paycheck

some employers require you to come in

for an exit interview when you accept

your final paycheck you should generally

be open to follow any existing

separation procedures unless doing so

would be impossible for example if you

have to travel far away immediately

proofread your letter carefully when

you've finished your letter double and

triple check it for spelling and

grammatical errors you want your last

impression to be a good one and typos or

sloppy grammar won't do you any favors

keep in mind that some people view the

presence of typos as a sign of

disrespect you're signaling that you

don't think they're worth the effort to

produce the best work after you've

proofread your letter print it off and

sign it by hand make copies of your

signed letters for your own records

before you take them to your employer

hen deliver your letter if at all

possible you want to take the letter to

your boss in person rather than mailing

it mail does have the benefit of being

able to later prove the letter was


however this benefit is outweighed by

the difficulty of timing when you speak

with your boss be as apologetic as

possible it can help to acknowledge that

you understand how you're leaving may

put them in a bind if you have a

legitimate reason talk about the

situation they may be able to help you

more than they would if you said nothing

if you have any questions about your

employer's separation procedures now is

the time to ask them depending on your

position you may want to offer to help

out in the coming weeks or be available

by phone or email to answer questions

reach out to co-workers or direct

supervisors you worked with closely or

with whom you had a strong rapport you

want to thank them personally and let

them know you enjoyed working with them

so there are no hard feelings