There comes a time, for most, when leaving a job can almost become an obsession. Day in, day out, their mind is filled with reasons for doing so. Patience growing thin, stress building, as new issues about why they should walk out the door, now, are rising daily.
The fact is, most do know when it’s time to resign a job. And been thinking about it for months. If this is you, unless you’ve been hired for a new job or have the financial means to continue moving forward without one and simply resigning with no plans for your immediate future – is usually a foolhardy decision. Or at the very least questionable.
Instead, planning and organizing to leave your job will – in the end – be one of the best things you do. You’ll be positively moving toward your goal of a new job, leaving on a good note and allowing for a smooth transition once you’re gone. By finalizing job issues, and leaving everything in good order, you’ll depart on a favorable note with supervisors. Solidifying your reputation, avoiding negative issues which could prohibit you from receiving good references and/or recommendations. And helping to ensure the door is always open if you decide to return.
Here’s 6 top reasons it’s always best to leave a job on good terms:
First is your reputation. Never create an opportunity for others to besmirch your rep. Whether you have a good reason to leave a job, or not, those who are quick to speak negatively about you, your professionalism and work could mean the loss of jobs, recommendations, referrals and more. And for years to come.
Second – securing recommendations and/or referrals both before and after you leave is extremely important.
Third – you may end up working with previous co-workers, even a supervisor, at a new job and a good relationship is necessary.
Fourth – there’s also running into them at your local bank or grocery and other locations on a regular basis; being required to interact with them at church or at your children’s school. This could prove difficult.
Fifth – Leaving on an angry note can keep you from learning about benefits you may have available, prohibiting you from receiving them once you’ve left.
Sixth – Rushing off, angry, you can be burning bridges and turning back – in the future – for help from old supervisors and co-workers could be eliminated.
In short, leaving your job – on a congenial note – can help release stress and transition into your new career.
8 Tips to Prepare for Leaving Your Job
1) Clean your computer of personal information.
It goes without saying it’s a bad idea to leave personal information, easily accessible, saved to your work computer on a daily basis. And worse to leave it when you leave the organization. Not only is this unprofessional, you may be leaving info which casts a negative impression on you, your work or outside life. Or could legally be used against you.
2) Clean up your work act.
Even if you don’t plan to make your resignation known make the transition for the next person to take your job easier by clearing up miscellaneous issues before leaving. If you’ve been on that job more than a year, there will usually be matters to clear up – or at the very least to put in order – before heading out the door. Especially if you’re handing financial issues, are in a supervisory position or responsible for statistical information, for example.
If possible, begin clearing up details which have been left hanging. Encourage others to sign off on work on which they’ve been dragging their feet. It’s unfortunate but failing to clean up these details, and organize what you can, could count against you if you’re looking for references.
3) Make a list of job tasks you perform.
While a job description can illuminate some of your responsibilities, if you’ve been in the job for a year or more there may be a half dozen others handed to you. These may be scenarios you routinely perform; which supervisors and co-workers expect and no one gives a second thought about. Carefully think about what you do, daily, and write a comprehensive list.
4) Make a list of whom you report to and what – if anything – you submit to them.
When you’ve performed a job for a while, interacting with various co-workers, supervisors, department heads – and others – becomes second nature. Whom you report to, and what you submit to them, may have dramatically changed over the years. This may also include interacting with clients or someone in another company division. Make it easier when you submit your resignation letter to your boss by handing them a list of what you do and to whom you submit specific work. You’ll quickly discover this will make your resignation a bit more palatable to them and reduce the stress.
5) Outline any work you’re responsible for when it comes to organizing internal or external company groups or groups within another department.
Perhaps you’re responsible for the company baseball team, organizing holiday events, providing tours for new-hires, for example. It’s likely only you know what’s required. Write it down and spell it out clearly.
6) Write up recommendations for those you’ve worked closely with.
Everyone appreciates recommendations. And when you’ve worked with someone for a long period of time you usually know a lot about them and their work ethic. Don’t scrimp on providing recommendations for as many people as possible. While they may not provide one for you, at this moment, they may be willing to provide one in the future. Pass them out on the day you present your resignation letter to your boss. If, possible, write one for your boss, too.
7) Set aside a small amount of time, daily, to focus on doing something to reach your job search goal/s.
Come in early, if necessary, or work a bit later. But do set aside some time daily to focus on your job search. Whether it’s making notes about your job responsibilities for the revamp of your resume or LinkedIn Profile or writing recommendations for others, or making a list of your job/work achievements, do it. By the end of the day, you’ll feel you’re moving faster toward your job search goals and your future.
8. Save work samples for your personal work portfolio.
Depending upon where you work, saving work samples may be allowable since it’s not privileged information. Save only the most valuable to your career.
When you leave your old job in good order, ready for the next person to replace you, supervisors are far more likely to think and speak highly of you. You can walk out the door, stress-free, and confidently move on to the next level and into your new future.
Submitted by Admin