The topic on Lifehacker about dealing with a job you hate had a few comments from people saying they quit, and there were some good stories. So I thought it would be fun to share stores about quitting a hated job.
I didn’t do anything as drastic as this (assuming the gif I posted shows up), but I found my old resignation letter. It was addressed to the general manager because he was who I mainly had a problem with, and it was basically a rotating position, so even if I burned a bridge with him, I didn’t burn one with the company in general, not that it mattered, not being able to go back would have been good.
The letter itself is mostly based on a form letter in a book I was given as a gift: The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook: Work, (now available in Kindle edition). It felt really, really good handing it in, to the point that over 5 years later, I still think back fondly on it.
During the years that I have worked here, I’ve come to better understand my own needs and the needs of the company. Regrettably, I’ve reached the conclusion that those needs are far too different.
Without any blame or bad feelings, I have decided to tender my resignation. My last day will be (date redacted, but it was in 2006).
This is not a decision I have made lightly, nor in haste. I want you to know that my departure has nothing to do with the fact that I am over-worked and under-paid, or that the company is unwilling and/or unable to be more competitive with other employers.
It’s just that I want to work for a company I respect, where I will feel like I am properly rewarded for my contributions.
I sincerely want to thank you for continually providing me with reasons to finally move on and look for other opportunities.
I hope that, after I have left, the management will have a better understanding, and appreciation, of what I did during my time here.