How to Quit Your Radio Job in 10 Steps
How do you quit your radio gig? It’s a multifaceted question. With so much competition in the industry and jobs being eliminated, how COULD you quit your job? But the question posed to me recently by a client of mine was HOW do I quit my job? It’s not a question I get very often, but it makes sense. If radio stations can fire you, why can’t you fire your radio station?
I have a lot of experience with this. I’ve never been fired. I’ve left every radio job on my own terms. If you believe the adage, “you’re not really in radio until you’ve been fired,” I guess I’ve never been in radio.
There are many reasons to quit your radio job; maybe you have a new gig, maybe they’re changing the scope of your responsibilities beyond what you’re comfortable with, maybe your boss is an incompetent fool who is holding back the radio station, maybe… a lot of different things. Regardless of how well or horribly you’ve been treated, regardless of how happy you may or may not be, regardless of what’s coming next for you, here are my suggestions for quitting your job.
1. Do not make the decision in the heat of a moment. Sleep on it. Maybe let it be for a couple of weeks and see if you feel the same way. This is a business decision not a personal reaction. I know many people who have quit in the heat of of the moment saying, “Let’s see how well they do without me!” And the station moves on and forgets about them pretty quickly.
2. Be sure your mindset is that you are going towards something new and not just escaping from your current predicament.
3. Do not quit your job without either a new job lined up or 6 to 9 months of expenses saved in the bank.
4. Take time in advance of your resignation to begin to gather any work emails, documents, or show recordings from the station. You’ll want to have these in your personal possession before resigning, because they may not allow you to hang around once you quit.
5. Write a brief and gratitude filled letter of resignation with your exact last day of employment written down. Do not use this to rant about all the things wrong with the station. This is not your Jerry Maguire moment.
6. To be in good standing with the company and your peers and bosses in the future give at least two weeks advance notice.
7. Call a meeting with your manager or direct supervisor. Arrive with the note, hand-signed, and calmly and professionally explain your decision to resign. At the end of the meeting you can hand over your resignation letter for the Human Resources department.
8. Whenever discussing the situation with colleagues, peers and acquaintances be professional. It is certainly cathartic to make it personal, but it will come back to bite you down the road. Remember, this is a business decision.
9. After you have left the building for the last time, write thank you letters to your boss, her boss, and any other station or company leaders that is aware of you and has influence in the industry. Be thankful for your time at the company and genuinely wish them well. I’ve actually, eventually, rehired guys who’ve done this because they left on a high note.
10. When interviewing for new jobs try to focus on the positives of your past employment and the lessons learned instead of what drove you crazy.