Planning to Quit Your After School Job

Quitting an after school job can be difficult, especially if it is your first time to formally quit employment.

Decision to Quit

People leave jobs for a wide variety of reasons: they find a new job, their boss is too demanding or the work is no longer interesting. For students, they may need to quit because they are going on a long holiday with family or study abroad, or because they just can't balance work and school. However, before quitting, it is important to find out if you can negotiate with your employer.


For example, for the student who just can't work as much because she needs to study for the SATs, asking the boss first to reduce her hours is a better solution than quitting. A boss will have to hire a new person to cover the shifts, or another employee may have requested extra hours so the shifts can be covered. If losing the job means losing the money to pay for an important life goal, take the time to negotiate first.

Bosses may also be willing to take a worker back if the worker is going away for a temporary period, such as to work at summer camp out of state or to study abroad, especially if the fall is a busy period for the employer. It is less hassle for the boss to take the trained part-time worker back than it is to hire and train a new employee.

Negotiating Fails

The boss refuses to cut back shifts or to take the worker back in the fall. On the bright side, at least you asked, and the boss may change his mind if the new person he hires doesn't work out or quits at about the time you return from your trip or after your exams are finished. The employer may decide to call you back and offer you your old job back; this often happens when an employer can't afford the time to look for another replacement.

You may also decide it is not worth negotiating because you have a new job lined up that you are sure will be better than the one that you already have. After negotiation and decision-making, it is time to write a resignation letter and give notice.

Writing a Resignation Letter

Typically, employees that are planning to quit will give their employer two weeks notice. Two weeks notice means that you hand in a letter of resignation and verbally tell your boss that your final day is two weeks from the date on the letter and that day is the last day you are available to work.

A resignation letter should be short and concise. Begin the letter with your name and contact information and date the letter for submission on the day two weeks before the last day you are available to work and hand the resignation letter in on the day the letter is dated. An example simple resignation letter follows:

June 8

Dear Ms Clark:

Please accept this letter as my notice to resign from my position as a cashier at the Ice Cream Palace. The final day I am available for work is June 22. Thank you for the opportunity to work at the Ice Cream Palace.

If you want to come back in the future, you can add, If you have any openings in September, I would be glad to return to work in the fall. If you have no desire to return to the job, you can end the letter with Sincerely and your name and signature.

There are additional sample resignation articles on the CVTips, Planning an exit webpage.

Quitting without Notice

If the job or your boss is horrible, or you would prefer to start your new job immediately, it is tempting to quit without notice. Without notice means that you show up for your shift, call from home, or leave a letter at the end of your shift that says, I quit. If you plan to never work there again and don't care about getting a reference from the employer, you can quit without notice.

However, it is never a good idea to quit without notice. An unreasonable boss may ask you to leave as soon as you give notice. You may be able to work out your final shifts by working around your new job or by giving the final shifts away to other employees. It is a good idea, especially if this is your first job, to leave the job professionally, calmly and with appropriate notice, if only to help out your other co-workers who may have made your unreasonable boss or the boring job tolerable.

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