Whether you’re leaving your job because you’ve accepted an opportunity with another employer, launching your own business, or you simply no longer feel comfortable working there, it’s essential to do so as gracefully and professionally as possible. 

Keep in mind how an employee quits can impact their future career opportunities. So, let’s check these answers and phrases that will help you present your resignation like a pro.


1- The answer to “Why are you quitting the job?”

We’ve been taught “never lie,” but also you should never hurt someone’s feelings. 

Give a legitimate reason, such as “I have recognized the need to move on with my career and have found a good next step.” 

If you leave because you have an offer from a different company, you could tell your manager: “I shouldn’t pass this up. I am at a point where I want to find other challenges.“

If you are leaving a company for traveling or spending time with family, you could say, “I have decided to leave the company. I have been working here for over 15 years, and I have enjoyed it so much. I feel like I need a break to spend more time with my wife and children.” 

If you are leaving because of unsatisfactory working conditions or other negative reasons, focus on the positive aspects of the new position. You might say, “This is a super chance for me, so I have accepted the offer. I feel I’m ready for another stage in my career. I hope you can understand my reason.


2- The answer to “Where are you going?”

The trick to answering where you’re headed is being honest and brief —no one needs to know all the details of your new company’s awesome perks or just how much more you’re making.

If there’s a reason you can’t be open, give as much information as you can.

For example, “I can’t be public about it just yet, but it’s an engineering position at a startup where I’ll be doing highly creative technological works.” 

If you’re quitting with nothing on the horizon, you can say something like, “I have several possible options, and I’m taking a few weeks off to recharge before I make a decision.”


3- The answer to “Can anything be done about this?”

This question is an excellent opportunity to open negotiation and set your conditions.

If you want a higher salary, you could say, “I am not leaving because I don’t like the work. I enjoy working here. But they are offering me a higher salary. Could you match this?

If you want a promotion, or you don’t want to work on a particular project, you could say, “I enjoyed my time here, and I appreciated all your help on my tasks. The last year I have been asking to take on Marketing Management responsibilities. Would it be possible for you to resolve this?”


4- The “two-week notice.”

Giving a two-week notice is standard. This gives your current employer the chance to hire someone to replace you. It also gives you time to finish the remaining work you have to do. Not giving a two-week notice is one way to burn a bridge. The new company you are going into should realize this and not expect you to start your job immediately if you have to give a two-week notice. If you don’t have a job, this doesn’t apply to you.

Here is an example, “Unfortunately I have to tell you that I am leaving the company. I enjoyed my time here, and I appreciated all your help on my tasks, and I have to put in my two-week notice.”


5- Phrases If someone else is leaving

“Let me know if they have any other openings.”

 It can be used if you also want to join their new workplace.

“Good luck with your new career.”

This phrase would be used when you honestly want to wish someone well for their future.

“Save me a seat.”

You want them to recommend you to their new workplace.


6- Phrases to express gratitude

These are positive and encouraging phrases that will help you leave on good terms.

“It was great working with you.”

“It has been my privilege to work with you all for all these years.”

 “I enjoyed working with all of you. Thank you so much.”



Resign: to give up a job.

Resignation letter: is written to announce the author’s intent to leave a current position, such as an office, employment, or commission.

Perks: money, goods, or other benefits to which one is entitled as an employee or shareholder of a company.

Transition: the process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.

Voluntarily separated: separation by mutual consent or acquiescence.


Resign yourself to (doing something): to accept something unpleasant that cannot be changed or avoided.

“We had to resign ourselves to making a loss on the sale.”

Talk over: To discuss a situation or problem with someone.

“I had to talk over a very important matter with Mr. Gutman.”



Don’t burn the bridge: to do something that makes it impossible for you to return to the situation you were in before. To ruining/destroying connections with a company, boss, coworker, friend, etc., since one knows they will never see them again.

Writing on the wall: one knows that something is doomed to fail.


Related Articles:

Dos’s and Dont’s in a Job Interview https://www.englishpriority.com/doss-and-donts-in-a-job-interview/


Most common Job Interview questions part 1 https://www.englishpriority.com/mostcommonjobinterviewquestionspart1/


Most Common Job Interview Questions Part 2 https://www.englishpriority.com/most-common-job-interview-questions-part-2/

Most Common Job Interview Questions part 3 https://www.englishpriority.com/most-common-job-interview-questions-part-3/



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