By anniemonkat - United States - Bucyrus
Today, I finally got up the courage to quit my first job. I spent hours determining the most professional way; the method, and the wording I would use. In the middle of the phone call, my manager hung up on me. FML
anniemonkat tells us more :
OP here. Yes, a letter would have been better, but I was scheduled for a shift that I couldn't make it to, due to having two jobs and time was of the essence. If I called off of my shift, I was afraid I would be fired. Furthermore, they would not let me find someone else to cover my shift, believe me, I tried. The shifts would not have coincided if either place would give me a schedule. But they wouldn't. Work was also closed, so I couldn't go in person to explain. I gave as much notice to my manager as I possibly could by calling. I had no contact information other than the store's phone number that I found online. At the time of the phone call, I was TRYING to give my 2 weeks notice but the manager hung up before I could. Oh well.
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  goozeo  |  11

This is good advice- I just quit my job by leaving a note because I wanted to give enough notice and neither of my managers were at work. I thought to myself how I should be doing it in person at the time but now I realize it went smoother that way

  Mauskau  |  35

I wrote a letter out stating my last day, explaining why I was leaving and thanking them for employing me for the last 11 months. It felt so nice to hand it to my manager that treated me like shit. He glanced at it and said "well, you can have today as your last day" although I had booked that day off, and it was payday the following day. I was more than glad, however it might've been easier if I just spoke to him.


At my last job when I gave my two weeks resignation letter, I went to do it in person. I gave my boss my letter but he gave it back to me and told me to send the letter through email.. so it really depends on the job and your boss's preference...

but I do agree with you. Generally, always do it in person.

  MandieL  |  27

There is nothing wrong with a letter of resignation being sent via email. It is still documented and can be sent to all necessary parties at once (supervisor, GM, HR etc.) especially if it is a company that has its main office in another city. I have always brought a letter for my direct supervisor, and emailed the others. This way no way can deny that you gave notice.

  Ruffneck101  |  12

Exactly what I was thinking, you spent hours deciding on a professional solution for quitting your job and decided calling to quit on the spot was the best solution? Kudos for the courage, maybe working on your decision making skills.

By  Zebediabolical  |  39

You know what would have been professional? Doing it in person and handing them a letter of resignation. Quitting over the phone is the job equivalent of dumping someone via facebook or text.