When you’re job hunting job, you typically think a lot about what must be done to land a new position, but there’s also a lot to think about regarding how to leave your current job.
Quitting your job is tough when you have worked in a company for several years, and particularly difficult when you’ve grown close with your boss and co-workers. If you really don’t want to leave your colleagues hanging, there are a few things you can do to ensure your leaving doesn’t rock the boat too badly.
Give Sufficient Notice
You need to inform your boss before you tell anyone else at work. As soon as you know you’re on to another job, set up a meeting with your supervisor to give your official notice. Although two weeks is conventional, it’s a nice touch to offer more time if you know the date and you’ll be leaving further out. More often than not, your boss will be grateful that you’re giving them sufficient time to tie up your loose ends and bring your replacement on board.
Resist the Urge to Brag
If you are quitting a job that you really like, chances are, you’re doing it for a better situation. No matter how excited you are to move on, resist the urge to spike the football. Doing so can leave a bad taste in everyone’s mouth, and there’s no real benefit to be had from flaunting your upcoming situation.
Offer to Help with a Replacement
For a supervisor, one of the biggest pain points associated with an employee leaving is the hiring and onboarding of a new employee.
A great way to leave on good terms is to offer help with sourcing and/or onboarding your replacement. You could vouch for an internal candidate, recommend an outsider and even offer to sit in on interviews. You could also help with training, or write out a document that will help your successor get up to speed.
Have a Positive and Constructive Exit Interview
Even if your company doesn’t typically hold exit interviews, you should request one with your boss anyway. Use that conversation to indicate your gratitude for the opportunities you have been given, talk about what you’ve learned, and provide light-handed, constructive feedback if you think it will be well received. This kind of exit interview shows you not only took your work seriously but that you’re thankful for the experience.
Tie Up Loose Ends
Regardless of what assignments you are working on when you put your notice in, ensure that you take care of them. Even if completing whatever it calls for more hours than you would prefer to invest in your present job, it’s your professional duty to not leave any loose ends behind. Doing this will help out your boss, co-workers and the person who will be replacing you. Nothing indicates appreciation and responsibility like a job that’s been properly completed.
At Cornerstone Staffing, we provide opportunities for people looking to move on from a good situation to a great one. If you are currently looking to take the next step on your career path, please contact us today!
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