A Step-By-Step Guide to Quitting Your Job in Style

So this is it. Your time at Faceless Corporation or Tiny Startup or Big Box Retailer has reached its natural conclusion. You are moving on to bigger and better things. But before you leave, you gotta give the old office something to remember you by. Best of all, you don’t have to pick a fight or commit career suicide in order to go out with a bang. @@Follow our step-by-step guide and you’ll be a water cooler legend for years to come.@@

(Note: We don’t endorse burning bridges with your soon-to-be-former colleagues and supervisor, and these guidelines don’t endorse that kind of thing, either. Whatever the circumstances, we’re obligated to recommend a diplomatic approach.)

1. Have your cake and eat it, too.

Quitting via a typed, written and submitted resignation letter is so 2007. @@Save the trees and inject some creativity into the quitting process by going a different direction.@@ A popular medium in recent years has been the cake. Whether you are truly appreciative of your time at the office or want to "pie" your secretary on the way out, you cannot go wrong with *literally* making your notice of resignation the icing on the cake.

2. Make a video. Upload it. Go viral.

@@Why not combine your resignation with your 15 seconds of fame?@@ Many leaving their job have chosen to publicize their permanent vacation with a video. Options for this video include an humorous screed, a choreographed dance or, you know, ripping your shirt off to reveal “I QUIT” painted in giant letters on your torso. The more creative, the better your chances of landing those precious YouTube views. 

3. Include a joke.

When Conan O’Brien left NBC for the friendlier late-night confines of TBS, he wrote a public resignation letter in which he cloaked his hurt and pain in a series of hilarious jokes. If you’ve got the comedic chops for it, this is a great way to stand above the fray while also taking a couple of innocent shots at your former workplace. But beware, if botched this type of resignation can make you appear passive aggressive or worse, unemployable to those you may want to work for in the future.

4. Take it to social media.

It’s a recent phenomenon, but in the last few years there have been quite a few high-profile resignations via Twitter. We live in the age of brevity, and quitting with a tweet is a short, sweet and instantly shareable way to kiss your 401k goodbye. You’ll still have to take care of the administrative stuff on the backend, but you may raise your profile and your Klout score with a tweeted dismissal of your current work environment.

5. Add a marching band.

This guideline comes with the caveat that you must, you know, have access to a marching band. But if you do, hoo boy, this one can really take the resignation to a new level. Everything’s better when set to music, including quitting your job -- as proven by the video above. This also gives you a chance to flex those creative muscles in a way your job never allowed. Plus, you’ve already got your friends there to help you celebrate your exit from corporate life!

6. Make a stylish exit.

It’s important to familiarize yourself with the exits at your current job. You don’t want to storm out only for the door to hit you on the backside on the way out. Take a page out of former JetBlue flight attendant Steve Slater’s book. After reportedly getting fed up with an unruly passenger, Slater announced his resignation over the intercom, grabbed two beers from the plane’s refrigerator, deployed the inflatable evacuation slide and slid down it. Despite his subsequent arrest for criminal mischief, he entered into quitting-your-job lore with his famous slide.

In an ideal world, how would you leave your job? Find us on Twitter at @GetSwitch and let us know!