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This 3-step strategy is the best way to quit your job, according to career experts

By | Morgan Smith |

The pandemic hasn’t just changed where and how most Americans work — it also prompted many to reevaluate their relationships with their jobs and what they want from their careers. As a result, people have been leaving their jobs at record rates in recent months.

Quitting a job is rarely a simple, smooth process, even if you hate your boss or have a better offer with a six-figure salary waiting for you. It can be emotional, and you want to keep your professional relationships intact. 

Anthony Klotz, an organizational psychologist and professor at Texas A&M who first coined this pandemic-induced quitting spree as “The Great Resignation,” says resigning from a job isn’t much different from breaking up with a romantic partner.

“Regardless of how you’re having that conversation, it’s an interpersonal interaction related to a big decision that’s going to affect a number of individuals,” he tells CNBC Make It. “As a supervisor, having an employee quit on you can generate a lot of negative emotions, like someone breaking up with you.” 

Klotz adds that the pandemic “hasn’t really changed the basic etiquette” and impacts of resignations, even if most employees are quitting over video calls and emails now. In fact, searches for “resignation email” have spiked on Google over the last three months as people grapple with when to quit, and what to tell their bosses.

Below, Klotz and two other career experts share their best advice for writing a strong resignation email and quitting your job without burning bridges with your former employer. 

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