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Let me be the first to say that quitting gets a bad rap. I mean what’s so bad about deciding to quit?  Sometimes it is just necessary.  For instance, in order to effectively start a good habit, you have to quit a bad habit; otherwise you won’t see the results of replacing the bad with the good.

Still, we’ve all heard the saying “Quitters never win.” And we know the stigma that sometimes comes from the decision to quit.  But the fact is there is an art to quitting…at least when it comes to quitting a job.

Let’s face it, deciding to leave behind a job that you hate, that’s not fulfilling, or simply not what you want to do is the best thing you can do for yourself and your peace of mind. AND preserving your Happy sounds like winning to me.

But before you march into your boss’s office, toss your badge on their desk and tell nickname they have garnered around the office, make sure that you have mastered the art of quitting.

That’s right; there is an art to it.

There is no denying that even the thought of quitting a job can be very freeing. But more often than not it remains a fantasy that is rarely acted on.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.

There is a lot that goes into quitting a job. And I’m not talking about just committing to the decision to quit your job.  I mean the planning, the timelines, and the different tasks that all go into having an effective Exit Strategy.

So let’s dig into the process.



Effective quitting happens in stages.

Once you decide you want to quit your job, the real work begins. And it’s going to take more than 2 weeks to effectively quit.

What is your ‘after quit’ plan?

  • Move to another company
  • Change positions or Industries
  • Start a business

Whatever option applies, you will have work to do to position yourself for your next endeavor. By defining the end goal, you can chart a path that will get you there. And you can establish a more realistic timeline to get you there.

Create a ‘To Do’ list to keep you on track with your decision.

If you decided on a company change, do your research.

  • Figure out the top companies in your industry
  • Note the distance of each from your home
  • List the number of vacancies that each company has that line up with your skills and experience
  • Check the pay ranges of the company using resources like glassdoor.com or payscale.com

Researching potential employers should not be overlooked as you make strides towards quitting your job. Conducting a more pointed job search can take time, and may require you to get creative in the process. Once you find your dream company, you may have to take your quest to become an employee from the job board to a letter writing campaign, or to drafting a sample marketing plan for one of their products.  No matter what keep your goal in mind and consistently work towards it.


For an industry or position change, start with your skills and experience.

  • Do a resume check
  • Make sure that it’s up to date and includes your most current job title and duties
  • Check for a consistent function that you have done in your career that has a corresponding job title (i.e. training, research, project management, etc.)
  • Search for open positions with that title
  • Identify companies you are interested in and follow the research steps listed above

Changing industries may not be as difficult as you’d think. Especially once you have identified skills that you possess that can be used in multiple industries.

Lastly, for the vanguards who have decided to quit their job to start your own business, there is a lot to be said for your bold commitment to your vision. So much so, that I am working on an EPIC post on this very subject.  When it is live, I will post a link right here for you to devour.

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About this posts author: 

Tesa Colvin is an Author, Escape Plan Clarity Coach and Business Development Strategist. She coaches passionate solo-prenuers, who desire FREEDOM and SUCCESS in their business and lives. 

Through tailored coaching and strategy sessions, she helps entrepreneurs not just set goals, but develop effective plans that help them to be and stay focused and empowered as they build and monetize their business. Tesa’s mission is to FREE entrepreneurs from the self-sabotage of trying to do it like everyone else, by encouraging and empowering these DREAMERS to focus on their own vision and version of success.

And when she’s not helping people find success their way, you can find her tucked away in a quiet space creating words, worlds and characters, or having a Michael Jackson sing off with both her teen daughters while her husband and 2 fur babies watch in horror. 

You can Friend her on Facebook, tweet with her @BorrowMyMBA, or send her an email via info@borrowmymba.com.

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