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Revealed: the top reasons for leaving a job

A new survey of 1,000 UK professionals has uncovered the main reasons why workers choose to leave their roles.

Unsurprisingly, the most common scenario is that a better opportunity has come along - cited by 52%. However, the poll by CV-Library reveals that 14% of those polled said they had left a job because they didn't get on with their boss - the second most common reason for resigning.

The top five reasons given by workers for leaving a job are:

  • for a better opportunity (52%);

  • I didn't get on with my boss (14%);

  • to go travelling/take time out (7%);

  • I was no longer satisfied with the job (6%);

  • to study (4%).

The findings show that resignation is a daunting task for many employees; 67% of workers said they find it difficult to actually resign and 42% said they felt nervous about quitting. The survey also found that the majority (86%) have never been told the correct process for handing in their notice.

When asked how they would go about telling their boss if they were to quit their job right now, 50% said they would have a face-to-face meeting with their employer, 30% said they would write a formal letter, 8% would do it over the phone, while 7% would quit via email. The proportion of those quitting using email rises to 22% among millennials.

Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, said: 

"Quitting a job can be uncomfortable, even if you're leaving on good terms. It's clear that many UK professionals have not received the right guidance or education when it comes to this very important part of working life.

"It's obvious that working life has its challenges and some end up making rash decisions as a result," Biggins added. "But it's important to remember that leaving abruptly can have negative implications for your career in the future - for example, you may need a reference to secure a new job. For this reason it's best to keep it professional at all times by handing in a formal resignation and working the full notice period."

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