There are many reasons why employees want to hand in that resignation letter. It could be that the employee doesn’t particularly agree with how things are run in the office or there is a lack of structure. It could simply be because the employee is not in agreement with the employer or the employer does not support the employee’s career goals. Whatever it may be, if you think it’s time to move on to other opportunities, there are ways you can quit your job without feelings of regret or guilt.

Before you completely hand in that letter, try and have a conversation with your boss and express your concerns. Tell them about your frustrations and your career goals. If they make no move to fix things and improve, then it may be time to resign. Sit down with your leader and explain to them why you want to quit or tell them you’ve accepted another offer. Sitting down and having a conversation with them will make sure you don’t catch them off guard when you quit without warning. If you work with a team, it might be best to have a conversation with them, too. Quitting not only means giving up your job, but also means saying goodbye to your co-workers, clients, and HR.

Depending on the contract you have, it’s usually best to provide at least two weeks’ notice. Send your resignation letter to HR, your core team, and your leaders. Not only is this a professional and respectful way of doing it, but also it’s to help your company process paperwork and prepare for your departure. If you are currently in the middle of an important project with your clients and your new job wants you to begin soon, it’s best to negotiate with your new employer about starting at a later date. Doing this proves to your new employer how much you value the relationship you build with your clients.

When you’ve emailed your letter and everything is officially finalized, you can offer to help your boss find your replacement and train them. Your boss may be a bit sour the first few days after you’ve announced your plans to leave, but use that opportunity to prove to them that despite your plans of leaving, you are still a dedicated employee who wants the company to thrive. Your final goal is to make sure you leave a good and lasting impression on your boss. A few days before your last day in the office, you may want a written reference letter from your employer.