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If You Quit Your Job - Work out the problem

Work out the problem  

Step 1. Try to fix the problem

If you haven’t quit your job yet, consider options to fix the problem. What is reasonable depends on your situation. For example, you might consider:

  • talking with your employer (we offer tips)
  • talking with a trusted colleague or union representative
  • asking for new duties or to work under a different manager

It’s a good idea to make notes about how you tried to fix the problem and why it didn’t work.

Step 2. Figure out if you have no other reasonable choice but to quit

If you leave your job and you want to get EI benefits, you must prove you had no other reasonable choice except to quit your job. See above, under “What you should know.”

A legal professional can help clarify where you stand, and what your options are. There are options for free or low-cost legal help.

Step 3. Check your employment contract

Check the terms of your employment contract to make sure you meet any notice requirements on quitting your job. 

Step 4. Start looking for another job

You can start looking for another job before you quit. If you don’t want your current employer to be contacted, indicate on your application that you’re applying “in confidence.” This way you can still list your current job as part of your employment history. 

If you are offered another job, you shouldn’t quit your current job until you’ve signed an offer letter. It’s a rude shock to have an offer revoked after you’ve already quit your current job!

Step 5. Give your employer notice

To tell your employer you’re quitting, it’s best to prepare a letter. It doesn’t need to be overly detailed. It should fit on a single page and include: 

  • a clear statement that you're going to resign
  • the date of your last day of work
  • your appreciation for what you have learned
  • an offer to help with the transition 

Print out the letter and hand it to your employer in person. No matter how uncomfortable it is, doing so in person is the professional thing to do. If there’s no way you can speak to your boss in person, over the phone is the next best option.