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Tips for Quitting Gracefully

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The fashion industry is a notoriously small and interconnected community, and your professional reputation is often one of your most valuable assets. Quitting your job gracefully is not just about following etiquette; it’s about safeguarding your future opportunities and maintaining positive relationships within the industry. Whether you’re itching to leave a toxic work environment, pursuing a better opportunity, or simply seeking a change, here are some essential tips for resigning gracefully in the world of fashion.

Make Sure You Really Want to Quit

Before you take the plunge, reflect on your reasons for quitting. Fashion professionals are no strangers to stress and long hours, so it’s essential to differentiate between a tough week and an unsustainable situation. Look out for warning signs like reduced productivity, physical complaints, and persistent work-related stress at home. Sometimes, a change in perspective or communication can improve your situation. Make sure you’re leaving for the right reasons, and not simply because of a temporary setback.

Consider All Your Options

Before resigning, carefully evaluate your options. Do you have another job offer? If so, weigh the pros and cons, including work environment, salary, benefits, and career growth opportunities. If you’re uncertain about your next move, ask if you can spend a day shadowing the new workplace to solidify your decision. Also, ensure you have the financial stability to handle a transition. As the saying goes, “it’s easier to find a job when you have a job.” So, consider job hunting before resigning if possible.

Give Adequate Notice (When Possible)

If you have an employment contract specifying a notice period, honor it. Otherwise, provide a standard two weeks’ notice. In some cases, you might feel unable to stay for two weeks due to personal or work-related reasons. When that happens, conduct yourself professionally by sending a formal resignation letter, offering assistance during the transition, and maintaining a positive attitude.

Remember, if your new employer expects you to start on a particular date, it’s essential to honor that commitment, but you can offer help to your previous employer after hours if needed.

Write a Resignation Letter

Formal resignations involve a written resignation letter. However, there are situations where quitting via phone or email may be more appropriate. Regardless of the method, always write a resignation letter or send a resignation email. It serves as an official record of your departure and shows professionalism.

Talk to Your Boss

When discussing your departure with your boss, focus on the fact that you’re moving on and express gratitude for the opportunities you’ve had. Avoid being negative, as it won’t serve any purpose. Your goal is to leave on good terms and maintain a positive reputation in the industry. Be sure to offer a brief explanation for your departure in your resignation letter, express thanks, and specify your last working day.

Ask for a Reference

Before leaving, ask your manager for a letter of recommendation. In the fashion industry, where relationships matter, a strong reference can make a significant difference in your career. In addition, consider requesting a LinkedIn recommendation, which is easily accessible to potential employers and colleagues.

Finalize the Details of Your Departure

Don’t forget about the financial aspects of your departure. Find out about your entitled employee benefits, salary payments, and inquire about any unused vacation or sick pay. Ensure you know the status of your 401(k) or pension plan. Some companies may require an exit interview before your departure; prepare by reviewing sample exit interview questions.

Return Company Property

Your exit should include returning any company property, such as keys, documents, computers, and phones. Timely return is crucial; don’t let it become a burden for your former employer, and avoid any potential liabilities associated with unreturned items.

In the fashion industry, where your reputation can open or close doors, resigning gracefully is paramount. By following these tips, you’ll navigate the transition with professionalism and preserve your relationships and standing in the industry.

Chris Kidd is the owner of,,, and

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