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Leaving Your Job Well

After you have decided to leave your position, you might be tempted to coast the rest of the way until you finish up, but never make this mistake. The first impression you make on an employer is important, but so is your last. It may even influence how your former bosses and colleagues view the program you created, and whether or not they keep it in place, or decide to scrap all the work you did to.

Leaving your job well begins with giving proper notice, in most cases two weeks, but the more notice the better. In my previous position, I gave them almost 2 months. This gave them time to choose my replacement. In fact, I even participate in choosing my replacement. I even helped with the interviews. Just remember though that is never a good idea to say anything about the new position until its official. Zip Recruiter put a good list together and I have included some additional pointers from them below for your enjoyment.[1]

  • It’s fine to be excited about your new job, but bragging about it will only make you seem arrogant and insensitive.

  • Don’t slack off now that you’re leaving. In fact, the bigger effort you make now, the more your co-workers and employer will want to show their appreciation in future references.

  • Organize your files and office to make everything easy to find in your absence.

  • If you’re unable to finish a project before you leave, try to delegate the remaining work fairly and thoughtfully.

  • Make yourself available to your replacement for any questions after you’ve gone.

  • Don’t forget to tell your colleagues how much you’ve enjoyed working with them. Send out a farewell email to the company saying how much you’ve appreciated your time there and offering your forwarding information.

  • Don’t take anything that doesn’t belong to you.

Even if your time at the company has been terrible, you will still want to avoid bad-mouthing anyone or leaving your co-workers in a bind. This is why I suggest giving as much notice as possible. You should avoid burning bridges; instead leave on a high note. You never know when you might need a glowing reference or even a job.


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