How To Quit Trader Joe’s (Step-by-Step Guide)

There are many reasons why you may want to quit your job at Trader Joe’s. Perhaps you feel you’re not being paid enough. Maybe you’re feeling underappreciated despite working your socks off. Or you could be possibly upset about the company’s new work schedule policy.

Whatever your reasons for wanting to quit Trader Joe’s, keep in mind that you are not alone. In this article, we’ll provide some actionable tips from former Trader Joe’s workers on their experience leaving the supermarket store. Read on to make the transition seamless.

How To Quit Trader Joe’s?

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To quit your job at Trader Joe’s, set up a meeting with your captain and tell them you’re leaving. Make sure you let them know two weeks before you’re planning to leave. This will not only make the transition go on smoothly and possibly help you get a nice reference letter.

Leaving on a good note will also make sure that you leave the company on a good note. There have been many stories of Trader Joe’s employees who left the grocery chain only to rejoin it. Since you don’t know what the future may bring, it’s recommended not to burn bridges.

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to quit Trader Joe’s:

Step 1: Consider Your Reasons for Quitting

Before leaving your job, it’s important to take your time to think about why you want to take the drastic step. Is it because of low pay, lack of growth opportunities, an unhealthy work environment, or a better offer from another company?

If you have thought long and hard about your reasons for leaving, it will enable you to make a more informed decision. Plus, you’d be able to communicate more effectively with your captain.

Step 2: Write a Resignation Letter

Your resignation letter should start with a note thanking Trader Joe’s for the opportunities they provided you while you were working there. Next, you should mention the date your two-week notice ends. This will let the management know when you won’t be around.

Here are a few things you shouldn’t include in your resignation letter: 

  • Negative comments about your boss,
  • Inappropriate language,
  • Criticism of your peers,
  • Future career plans

Make sure to keep your resignation letter short – a long letter invites an added risk of grammar and spelling errors.

Step 3: Make An Appointment With Your Captain

As with any other company, Trader Joe’s has a chain of command, with different persons in charge of various departments. In the case of employees, there is a captain who assigns your shifts to you and whom you go to when you have any work-related issues.

As such, it’s your captain’s job to discover that you’re leaving Trader Joe’s.

However, before you surprise them by explaining your decision to leave, tell them you appreciate everything they have done for you. Show your gratitude for the experience you’ve gained at the job. Thank them for letting you show your strengths.

Step 4: Give Two Weeks’ Notice

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Are you done with all the explaining? It’s time to hand your resignation letter to your captain. This will give them plenty of time to assign your work to one of your colleagues. Giving notice will also provide them with plenty of time to hire a new person for your role.

While some people may like to make a statement by quitting on the spot, it may not be the wisest decision, especially if you plan to work in any capacity in the future. So, don’t let emotions get to your head, and follow the standard protocol when quitting your job at Trader Joe’s.

Step 5: Complete Outstanding Tasks

If you cannot find a colleague to hand over your ongoing projects, complete them on your own. It will make the transition seamless and ensure that the person replacing you or your colleagues isn’t left with unfinished work.

Completing outstanding tasks also helps you leave a positive impression on your colleagues. This may prove extremely beneficial if/when you need a reference for a future job.

Do You Have To Work Two Weeks After Giving Notice?

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Since Trader Joe’s is almost always understaffed, courtesy requires that you give a two-week notice. However, you don’t have to return to the job if you can find a colleague that can cover your shifts for the next fortnight. So, make sure to ask your peers if they can cover for you.

You may want to spin your resignation as “moving on” or “changing jobs” rather than “quitting”. This is because the latter implies there’s some sort of animosity between you and Trader Joe’s. Which may not appear healthy on your resume when applying for your next job.

What Happens To Your AR When You Leave Trader Joe’s?

Trader Joe’s must pay out your remaining AR if you quit or get fired. This is the money you’ve earned for the work you have already done. The company cannot legally retain it after you have left the job.

If you leave Trader Joe’s, your remaining AR will be taxed at the same rate as bonus tax, which is approximately 20% at the time of writing.

The good news is that the bonus tax sorts itself out when you file your tax return at the end of the year. So you can adjust the deducted amount against the taxes due.

How Do You Get Your Last Paycheck From Trader Joe’s?

It depends on the state you live in.

In states that don’t require employees to be paid on their last day, Trader Joe’s issues checks which you can then deposit in your bank account. Or they directly deposit the amount you’re due in your bank account.

In states that require you to be paid out on your last day at work, Trader Joe’s issues a pay card. Here’s how it works:

  • Trader Joe’s gives you a pay card that has the amount you’re due
  • Call the number on the back of the card to activate it and ask about your balance
  • Go to your bank and ask them to deposit the amount on the pay card to your bank account

How Long Will Employee Discounts Last After I Resign?

Trader Joe’s employee discounts last as long as you’re working for the company. That means that you won’t be able to enjoy discounts once you’ve left Trader Joe’s.

Can You Get Rehired After Quitting?

Yes, you can be rehired after quitting Trader Joe’s. Check out Trader Joe’s careers page to know more about the company’s open positions.

To get rehired, you will have to follow the application procedure just as you did when applying for the first time. If you have had good reviews from the last time you worked for the company and pass the background check, your chances of getting rehired are bright.


If you want to quit your job at Trader Joe’s, you need to follow a sequence of steps. These include serving a two weeks notice and putting your resignation in writing.

Before taking the ultimate step, make sure to think long and hard. While quitting isn’t always bad, you must completely own your decision to avoid any regret in the future.

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