Ready To Move On? Quit Your Job The Right Way

Before you resign, it is good to be aware of, for example, the notice period, a notice of termination and other formalities. A nice finish can be valuable to you in the future. Regardless of why you have chosen to quit your job, we have gathered the most important information.


How Do You Resign?  

The most common is that you talk to your boss and tell them you want to quit. If your manager is not available for some reason, you can also speak to the HR department. You will then confirm your termination in writing. A written notice of termination is essential so that there is no ambiguity about when you resigned. Should a dispute arise, you must prove that you quit and the date it occurred.


Letter Of Termination  

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There is often a template for self-termination in larger companies and organizations, also called a letter of termination. If there is no one, you can write something like this in a separate note:

With this letter, I confirm my resignation at [Name of Organization]. Following my employment contract, I have X months’ notice. My last day of work will be XXXX-XX-XX. 


Notice Period In Case Of Own Notice 

Your notice period is regulated in the collective agreement that applies at your workplace. If there is no cooperative agreement, the notice period is held in EPA (Employment Protection Act). The notice period varies depending on your employment period and form of employment. Usually, there is a 1–3-month notice period for own termination. You can often find your notice period in your employment contract or ask your union.


Do I Have To Work My Entire Notice Period? 

You can agree with your boss to quit earlier, but this is not something you are entitled to by law. If the manager says no to you terminating the employment earlier and you refuse to work during the notice period, you may be liable for damages.


Terminate From Temporary Or Fixed-Term Employment 

Is It Time To Quit Your Job?

If you are a temporary or fixed-term employee, you cannot terminate your employment prematurely. EPA is the starting point, namely that fixed-term employment is not dismissible. But in some cases, the employment contract may be formulated so that termination is possible. Check your agreement and get help from your union if it is unclear.


Terminate During The Probationary Period 

A probationary period generally has a notice period of 1 month. But different notice periods can occur depending on which collective agreement applies.


Terminate Your Hourly Employment 

If you are an intermittent employee, also called an “hourly employee” or “needs employee”, it usually applies that you need to work the time you are already scheduled. If there is no schedule, you can end the day. After that, you have no obligation to take on more work shifts.


Terminate During A Leave Of Absence, Parental Leave Or Sick Leave 

You can resign at any time during your sick leave, leave of absence or parental leave. The notice period begins to apply from the date you quit. Suppose you are on sick leave and have not arranged a new job. In that case, it is crucial that you immediately register as unemployed with the Swedish Public Employment Service so that you can keep your sickness benefit.


Work Rating 

You have the right to receive a work certificate (also called a service certificate) when you end your employment.

The grade must contain:

  • Information about your employment, for example, when and for how long you have been employed;
  • Description of your duties, responsibilities and powers;
  • Requirements for the position you held, such as competence requirements and qualifications;
  • Certificate – the manager’s assessment of you as an employee, for example, your professional skills and your personal qualities;
  • Summary

You have the right to request that your employer omit certain information, such as why the employment is terminated.


Closing Interview

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In some workplaces, it is routine for the manager to book a closing interview with the person leaving. If there is no such routine, you can suggest it yourself if you want. During a closing interview, you can get feedback on your work that is good to take with you to the next job. You also have the opportunity to tell the employer about what you experienced as good and bad about working there.


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