Quitting a job is never easy, even when the “split” is amicable. There are a lot of dynamics that play into leaving your place of employment, and depending on the reason’s why you’re saying good-bye, it can happen that you end up leaving on less than the best terms. While you might be fine washing your hands of the situation, it’s important to remember that the way you leave this job today can have an impact on your ability to connect with new opportunities in the future.
Regardless of the reason your leaving, you want to depart on the best terms possible, and this means making an effort to not burn any bridges in the process. How do go you about leaving a position while protecting your professional reputation? Here are 3 things to keep in mind.
Timing Is Everything
Most employers appreciate the professional courtesy of two weeks’ notice. However, depending on the type of position, the level of responsibility you have within the company and whether there are any major projects going on, you might want to adjust the amount of notice you give accordingly.
Of course, you don’t want to jeopardize a new opportunity by hanging on too long at your old one but be mindful that employers will need time to replace you or delegate and train someone else on the responsibilities you handle.
Keep Your Head Up
Giving notice or putting in your resignation can feel like a tremendous weight being lifted off your shoulders. You’ve got an exciting opportunity ahead of you, or maybe you’re just relieved to see the end of a job you weren’t crazy about. Either way, it’s easy to start letting your performance slide, and maybe even become a little negative as your work through those last few shifts.
Don’t let a negative attitude be the basis of the last impression you make with the company. Keep up your current level of performance and keep any negative talk about the company your leaving to yourself.
Tie Up Loose Ends
You get to leave all the responsibilities of the job behind the day you walk out the door for the last time. But life still goes on for your employer, and you’re going to leave a lasting favorable impression if you haven’t left a huge mess behind on your last day.
Make sure you’ve got all your loose ends tied up before you leave. Bring any projects to a good stopping point, make sure communications with clients are up to date and check off all those little things that have been lingering on your to-do list.
Moving On To Your Next Big Opportunity
Is it time to leave your current place of employment and pursue an exciting new career opportunity? We’re providers of staffing solutions that are committed to placing skilled workers, like yourself, in positions that will move them forward in their careers. If it’s time for a change, contact Top Notch Personnel today to learn how we can help.