Insta-Quit: The New Lo-Fi Resignation Letter?

Thanks to political figures like Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister, you can now use Instagram to instantly quit your day job!

Forget about carving out time to sit down and fill in the blanks of that templated resignation letter you found on Google. Within just a few minutes, you can get your point across in a forged heartfelt, couple sentenced caption hash-tagging how #bittersweet the moment of moving on is – and make it look “better” with a filter.

Zarif (jzarif_ir) captioned his Instagram post this week:

 “Many thanks for the generosity of the dear and brave people of Iran and its authorities over the past 67 months. I sincerely apologise for the inability to continue serving and for all the shortcomings during my service. Be happy and worthy.”

The fact that someone so high-level announced his resignation not only unexpectedly but through social media makes me wonder the value that the everyday, common people place on their jobs and their employers. We are far from orchestrating any nuclear deals or sharing conversations with Syrian President Bashar al Assad, but when we have the same access to social media such as Zarif, do we feel we can do the same?

For the sake of formality and out of simple respect we should have for those we work for and those we work with, I hope Zarif’s actions do not set an example of how people should utilize Instagram in their careers. As professionals in whatever trades we choose, we have a duty and sense of obligation in real life that go far beyond anything digital.