How (not) to quit your job

Survey reveals top walkout moments

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Female hand is showing e-mail on smart phone with 'I quit' message to camera.

We all fantasise at times about walking out of our jobs - but most of us find it hard to do.

In a poll by job site CV-Library, two thirds of people said quitting was difficult, and a further 42% said it made them nervous.

Nearly half said they'd do it face-to-face, with 30% saying they'd write a formal letter and eight percent that they'd do it over the phone. Seven percent - and a quarter of millennials - said they'd quit via email.

"Quitting a job can be uncomfortable for employees, even if they're leaving on good terms," says Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library.

"It's positive to learn that despite being nervous, the majority of workers would arrange to meet their boss in person to discuss their departure. However, it appears that some would still prefer to take an easier route out, quitting over the phone or via email."

Sometimes, though, people just don't care and choose to storm out in a blaze of glory.

Here are the top ten walkout moments revealed in the survey.

1. Esther from Winchester: "I once quit my job in a fit of rage by writing my notice on a receipt and leaving it for my boss - which I later regretted."

2. Ryan from Staines: "I handed my boss my resignation and told her I couldn't work with her anymore as she was a bully. I did try and keep it private but walls have ears and I was applauded by other members of staff as I left the office."

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3. Sam from Kent: "I spoke to my manager about leaving before my full notice period was up. He started ranting saying that it was inconvenient and he was not willing to compromise. So I gave him the keys to my company car, asked a colleague for a lift home and left the building there and then!"

4. James from Newport: "I called in to cancel a shift saying I was sick so I could go to a huge football match. Unfortunately I was caught on TV, and when I returned to work my boss started shouting at me. I walked out mid telling-off and never went back."

5. Clare from Bournemouth: "I gave my boss a letter stating that I was leaving, and that she seriously should consider doing the same because she was an awful person who had no place working in support."

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6. Jane from Wokingham: "The staff at my last job were really unprofessional so I hid a camera in the office and recorded them. I then threatened to send the footage to the head office. Needless to say no one was too upset when I quit and walked out."

7. Tom from Norwich: "I had a huge argument with my boss because I didn't like the way he did things. He told me if I felt like that I should leave, so I told him I agreed with him for once and left immediately."

8. Matthew from Swansea: "I phoned my boss to say I couldn't make it in for my evening shift. He replied: 'If you don't show up tonight there will be serious consequences.' Instead of going in I took the next week off as holiday and then handed in my notice."

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9. Raani from Farnborough: "My boss always took advantage of me and so one day when I had use of his company car I drove into the middle of the city and parked it in a random spot. I walked back to the office, handed him the keys and quit without telling him its location."

10. Edward from Glasgow: "When I quit my first job I was so nervous I got my mum to call up for me! They had refused my request for a holiday (one which I had already booked) so she rang up and left them a snotty voicemail."

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