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October 2, 2014 / Stephanie Anderson

F@#% It, and Other Terrible Ways to Quit Your Job

6 Terrible Ways to Quit Your Job Guaranteed to Haunt You Later

“(Expletive) it, I quit.”

While there may have been times in your career you’ve felt like saying this to your boss, you probably haven’t. The Alaskan reporter saying that exact phrase on live TV may have made for a great viral video, but her choice to quit in such a manner won’t likely help her career in the long run. Even if she has impressive skills and undying passion, she’ll probably always be known as the woman who cursed on live TV and probably got her employer in trouble with the FCC.

Whether you quit due to a new job opportunity or you simply can’t hack it anymore, it’s always best to not burn any bridges by telling your boss off. Your professional reputation is so crucial these days, and in the era of the Internet, you’d better believe if you quit in a dramatic manner, people will talk. It might not be documented for eternity in a viral video, but you’ll always be surprised who knows who and how even decades down the line your past actions can affect future opportunities.

Consider these six horrific ways to quit your job and avoid doing them at all costs:

1. Not show up
If not for your boss, for the sake of your coworkers, always have the respect to show up and quit. Deciding to simply not show up one day is a poor reflection on your character that will tick off your boss and your colleagues who now have to cover your workload.

2. Dramatic statement
This isn’t the movies, so if you quit in a sudden declaration to your employer, you won’t earn yourself high fives. Just like the poor anchor on the Alaskan news show that had to apologize to viewers after the reporter swore and quit, you’ll just shock everyone and make them feel uncomfortable.

3. Lack of proper notice
Sure, you show up, but giving a day’s notice is just slightly better than not showing up at all. Don’t leave your employer completely high and dry; always leave on good terms and set coworkers up for success after your departure.

4. Self sabotage
You hate your job but you’re too afraid to quit, so you start slacking and argue with everyone from the receptionist to your boss in hopes of getting fired. Not only is this completely aggravating for everyone who has to spend eight or more hours with you a day, it’s not what you want on your resume, either.

5. Stealing
You gave your two-week’s notice, trained your coworkers so they can cover your responsibilities and cleaned out your office. But in addition to packing up family photos, you also took your clientele list and some proprietary information. Now your former employer is suing you and your reputation is shot.

6. Without a plan
Having another job lined up prior to quitting your current position is ideal, but even if you don’t you must fully understand what you don’t like so you can seek a better fit in the future. Not knowing and quitting suddenly will just perpetuate the cycle, and you may have to take the first job available so you can continue to pay the bills.