Leaving a Job? These 6 Tips Will Help You Make a Smooth Exit

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Leaving a Job? These 6 Tips Will Help You Make a Smooth Exit

By Victoria Loeb     Apr 3, 2018

Leaving a Job? These 6 Tips Will Help You Make a Smooth Exit

Sometimes a job isn’t the right fit for you or for where you are in your career and you just need to make a change. And yes, there’s a right–and lousy–way to finish up a job. You don’t want to burn bridges–who knows when you’ll need those contacts in the future? So here are a few thoughts about how to make a graceful departure.

1. Confirm all the details for your new gig before you mention anything at your current workplace. You’ll want everything in a signed offer letter so you can review your next salary, benefits and other terms before you make any commitments.

2. Tell your manager first and, yes, in person. News travels fast in an office. If your manager hears from someone else, your relationship going forward will be strained. Even if your boss is the reason you’re leaving your job, you want to leave on the best note possible. Having this conversation in person shows respect.

3. Bring a short resignation letter with you. Keep your note positive and respectful, but do mention the date you intend to leave.

4. Give enough notice before you leave. If two weeks notice means your team will not have a replacement and will leave your colleagues in the lurch, you may be able to negotiate your start date with your new employer to help your soon-to-be former employer make the transition. In fact, your new employer may respect you more for going out of your way to do the right thing.

5. Have a story that explains your resignation that you can share with the rest of the company. Hold onto that list of critiques for your exit interview. As far as everyone else is concerned, share what you appreciated about the current environment. Share what you'll miss. Again, parting on a positive note will help you maintain a better, long-term relationship with the managers and coworkers you’re leaving behind.

6. And finally, give yourself at least a week before stepping into your next role. Slipping off for a relaxing trip is even better. You will need time to decompress, catch up on the rest of your life and get ready to give your new company a full 110 percent.

Happy job hunting!


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