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How to leave a temp job (Professionally)

You’ve been working at temporary jobs for the last six months and now you’ve been offered the job of your dreams. Fantastic! Or, let's say that your family situation has changed and you’re no longer going to be able to work the temporary assignments you’ve been taking – including the one where you’re currently assigned. So, you now need to quit. No matter what the reason, there is a right way and a wrong way to leave a temporary assignment. The wrong way would be to just announce “I quit” and walk out the door. Quitting without notice will result in your immediate termination from Supplemental Staffing – and most other employment firms as well. After all, quitting like that will burn all bridges and you never know when you might need a good word on your behalf from a former supervisor.

Your goal for leaving should be to do so professionally and with as little negative impact on your place of assignment as well as your employer, the temporary agency. The first thing to do when you know you need to leave is to notify your Staffing Manager. Remember that the customary notice is two weeks. If you’re taking a full-time job elsewhere, your new employer should be able to accommodate a start date two weeks out. If your need to quit is more pressing, like a family emergency, you’ll need to explain the situation and give as much notice as possible. The best thing to do is to call your Staffing Manager as soon as you know and then follow up with an email to confirm your conversation. This gives the agency time to find a replacement for you and notify the company of your need to leave. When giving your notice, be sure to be polite and maintain a professional demeanor. It is okay to say that you’ve found a full-time position, or a job that pays better or provides better advancement opportunities. It doesn’t help you to say that the job was miserable or that your co-workers or supervisors were terrible. You can always say that you’ve learned a lot but that it’s time to move on to other opportunities that fit your long-term employment goals.

1704664Next, you should discuss with your Staffing Manager whether or not you should inform your supervisor. The Staffing Manager should inform the company, but there may be instances when it will be okay for you to notify your supervisor directly. Regardless of who does the notification, it is appropriate for you to give your supervisor a note thanking them for the opportunity to work at that job and letting them know you appreciate what you’ve learned. You can also include your commitment to helping with any transition that might be necessary.

After everyone is informed of your departure, it is important to maintain your positive performance until you walk out the door. Depending on the type of work you’re doing, you may also need to provide a status of the projects you’re working on. Such updates should include:

  • Any pending items, like email requests that haven’t been answered yet, or data or documents that is still pending.
  • Completing any filing, and ensure that other daily tasks are current before you leave so that your replacement doesn’t have any backlog from you to address. making sure any files or work products are properly labeled.
  • Having any emails that support your projects or requests, be sure to print them and put them in the appropriate folders.
  • Saving any computer files or spreadsheets as instructed.
  • Being sure to return any tools, badges, or other equipment you were given.

If you have a good relationship with your supervisors, you can ask if they are available to be a reference in the future. The same goes for your co-workers. Staying in touch with these individuals is the best way to help build your network. Lastly, be gracious and professional. Remember that the impression you leave reflects on both your future employment opportunities, as well as your temporary agency.

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Topics: Establishing a Career, Re-Entering the Workforce, Changing Jobs, Leaving a Job