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Professional Etiquette: Resigning vs. Quitting – What Sets Them Apart?

Professional Etiquette: Resigning vs. Quitting – What Sets Them Apart?

There could be a couple of reasons why you may want to leave your job – you are not satisfied with the office environment, the behavior of your boss isn’t suitable for you, or you may have found a better opportunity. Research also shows that these are the reasons why most Americans leave their jobs. 

As soon as you have decided to leave your job, you have two options either resign or quit. Though, the question is how do they both differ? 

Resigning refers to a professional process of leaving a job where you follow all the steps including giving notice and an exit interview. While quitting means you don’t have to go through the HR process and you don’t give any prior notice. 

In both cases, you will leave your position, whether you quit or resign. So, it’s really necessary to take various things into account before leaving your job. 

This article tells you what those things are. I’ll also explain quitting and resigning in-depth. 

So, let’s dive into it…

Should You Walk Out of a Job Without Notice? 

In case you’re not happy with your current job and want to leave then walking out of a job without notice seems an exciting option to free yourself from unnecessary burden. But you refrain yourself from doing it because you probably wonder what effects it may leave on your career. 

Leaving a job without any notice can destroy your reputation in seconds that took years to build because professionalism determines your future employment reputation. Though it won’t be an issue if you don’t need a reference. 

Additionally, you can never work again for the company. And if you plan to do so, always remember to pick up your last paycheck before leaving because those are your hard earned pennies. 

Being Fired Vs. Resignation

Being Fired Vs. Resignation
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You can be fired at any time by your employer if he or she no longer needs your services for any reason. On the other hand, when you’re not satisfied with your job, you can resign by leaving a 2-week notice. 

In most cases in the U.S., you are not obliged to give notice before leaving a job, therefore the same goes for employers. 

Why do you get firedWhy you may resign 
The company has lost a contract or a projectYou’re not being paid at the time
They want to fill your position with someone else Workspace is toxic for your mental and physical health 
Being Fired Vs. Resignation

Quitting vs Being Fired

If you’re overwhelmed and stressed out with your current working position, you may want to withdraw as soon as possible. Quitting is different from resigning as you leave the job anytime without informing the boss. For instance, you may go for a lunch break and never go back to the job. But you should have a job lined up before leaving your current position or enough savings to live off. Quitting is considerably an unprofessional and bridge-burning way to withdraw from a job. 

Whereas, when your employer at once says that they don’t need your services anymore, you can pack your things and leave their premises, it comes under firing.

Quitting and firing are:

Similar: because they happen without plan or a notice, on the spot

Different: because quitting is carried out by employee and firing is done by employer

How to quit your job in a professional manner – watch this video.

Rage Quit

The decision of a rage quit is made quickly based on your hot temper. In rage quitting, you don’t think about the outcomes. It doesn’t only show your unprofessionalism but also leaves a bad impression on the eyewitnesses. There was nothing planned that you’ll be quitting. Those with anger problems mostly rage quit without taking the consequences into account. 

What Should You Do If Your Boss Rejects Your Two Weeks Notice? 

When you professionally leave a job and want to make a passable bridge, you give two weeks’ written notice. It’s essential to keep your resignation letter as simple and polite as possible. 

Here another question arises, what you should do if the notice instead of being accepted with grace, gets rejected. The answer is that it’s your right to discontinue working after the given time in case your resignation letter gets rejected. 

When Should You Discontinue Working? 

When Should You Discontinue Working?
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Here are the following conditions under which you should withdraw from your current job:

  • When you’re asked to spam people
  • Do things that are way out of the job description
  • Don’t get paid for months 
  • If the boss mentally or physically assaults you
  • You don’t see any room for growth
  • You’re asked to fulfill unreasonable demands 


  • If your job is harming your mental or physical health – it’s high time you start looking for better opportunities. 
  • Both resigning and quitting mean withdrawing from your job.
  • When you resign, you professionally leave your job. The boss is notified almost two weeks in advance. 
  • While quitting doesn’t require you to go through any professional way of leaving the job. 
  • Before making this big decision, you should have a job in the pipeline or enough money to survive. 

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