Want to know how to quit a part-time job over text? Whatever your reasons are if you’ve decided to quit by text message, you still need to know how to do it tactfully, and legally.
In this article I’m going to cover;
- What to say when quitting your job over text
- Why more people are using text message to quit nowadays
- If it’s an acceptable way to quit
- And more
Is It Ok to Resign via Text Message?
This depends on who you ask, but it’s certainly become a popular way for millennials to resign – or to do any form of communication with their employers.
From a legal standpoint, unless specifically specified otherwise, it’s perfectly fine to hand in your resignation via text message.
Heck, I’ve even done it myself…twice!
One of those scenarios was because something came up suddenly and my boss was out of town. It was either send him an email or do it by text.
I decided that a text was more direct and reliable, so I texted him.
The other time I did it was purely because I couldn’t face the awkwardness of dealing with my boss face-to-face.
If that’s the reason why you want to resign by text – and I suspect it will be for a lot of people – I totally understand.
So, in my opinion it’s fine to resign with a text message. Often, it’s the best way for both people as it avoids that confrontation. Sometimes it’s just necessary too.
Do I Have to Give 2 Weeks Notice for a Part-Time Job?
I’ve done some research into this, and as far as I can find there are no federal or state laws that make giving a 2 week notice period mandatory.
This means it’s not a legal requirement. Employers can state it as a requirement in their own policies though.
If you break any contractual agreements you signed up for when you started your employment, you may be subject to whatever penalty was outlined in the same document.
This doesn’t change the fact that it’s basically an unspoken rule and an act of courtesy. Your company might need to train a replacement, hand some responsibilities over, etc.
I don’t know what you’re going through, however. You may have your own reasons why you can’t give 2 week’s notice.
What to Say When Quitting Over Text – Templates
If you’re thumbing over your phone wondering how to best word your resignation, here are some of the things you can say:
If you want to be professional, try:
[Your boss’ name]
Hi, I’m sending you this text to notify you of my formal resignation from my role as [insert job title].
My last day will officially be [insert date].
Thank you for all the opportunities you gave me over my time working at [insert company name]. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask.
If you want short and to the point, try;
Hi [Insert boss’ name]
I’m just letting you know that I’m resigning effective as of today.
Please let me know if there’s anything I need to do.
If you were on good terms with your boss and you want to be light-hearted, try;
Hey [Insert boss’ name]
I’m leaving and moving on to bigger and better things. This is me handing in my notice, have a great day!
Cheers, [Your name].
By the way, if sending a message to your boss is freaking you out, you can go directly to the human resources department if your company has one.
If you’ve been stressing over handing in your notice via text, I hope I’ve helped put your mind at ease.
I’ve done it myself a couple of times. Sometimes, it’s just the best way to do it. It’s also a way to avoid that horrible moment in person too, and I understand that.
The important thing is that you stop worrying about it and overthinking it, and you just do it.
Write that text and hit send. Once you’ve sent it, it’s done. There’s no going back, well, no unless you want to go groveling!
If this is the first time you’re quitting a job, I know it can feel a bit nerve-wracking. But you’ll be moving onto bigger and better things, and you know what – this won’t be the last time you quit a job in your lifetime I bet!
The myth of the two week’s notice requirement – EmploymentLawHandbook.com
Image credits – Header photo by Paul Hanaoka on Unsplash
There may be some specific contractual stipulations in your contract of employment. Don’t take my advice over contractual or legal agreements you have made, or if it conflicts with employment laws where you live.
Phil lives in England, UK, and has around 20 years experience as a professional life, career and executive coach. He started this blog to help others find and define their own self development journey. Blogging about a wide range of topics to help facilitate a better future.