Once you have provided notice that you are leaving your current job and have secured your resignation, there are a few things left to do to ensure a smooth departure. Even if you have lost your job, it is still important to end your employment in a professional manner. Ending relationships with your superiors and coworkers on a positive note is important for positive rapport. Leaving on good terms is always the goal when saying goodbye to your previous company.
- Assist in an easy transition
Have a meeting with your supervisor to discuss how you can help make the transition easier once you leave. You can also offer to train the person who will be taking over your responsibilities. Check to see what your priorities are for your last few weeks.
- Get recommendations from others
Ask supervisors, coworkers, and other colleagues to write a LinkedIn recommendation for you. It is best to do this while the positive interactions you have had with them are fresh so they can write the best recommendation for you.
- Save work samples
Be sure to save some non-proprietary samples of work and documents that can be helpful for future jobs and overall good for your portfolio. Having examples of your work will show future employers what you are capable of. Gather these work samples before handing in your resignation in case your access is revoked.
- Stay humble
Refrain from celebrating your new job with your coworkers and current boss before leaving. This can make them dislike you and not want to provide positive recommendations for you in the future. People can understand you leaving for a better opportunity, but do not be overly enthusiastic about it.
- Give thanks
Say thank you to everyone that has helped you during your time at the company. People will remember your kindness. Taking the time to show your appreciation for those helpers will go a long way. Send goodbye emails to people you have worked with to end your time at that company on a positive note.
- Do not quit without a game plan
If you are thinking about quitting, you need to wait until you have a plan in place. It is difficult to fill a gap in income. Check out alternatives and look at your options before quitting your current job before having another one to go to.
- Check out your ex-employee benefits
Meet with your benefits manager of the Human Resources department about any benefits that will continue after you stop working at the company. These benefits can include compensation for vacation, health insurance coverage, retirement plans, and severance pay.
- Go through your company technology
If you have a company phone and/or computer, delete your personal information before turning it over. Companies will go through any information left on the devices, so you do not want to leave anything behind except company files. This includes internet browsers, computer files, emails, and software.
- Give more than enough notice
A two weeks’ notice is standard in business. It can be hard not wanting to leave immediately if you dislike your current job. For professionalism purposes, provide a two week notice to make the transition easier for your coworkers. Depending on your position in the company, you may want to give a longer notice.
- Gain more skills
Before leaving your current job to find a new one, it is the perfect time to upgrade your skills. If you are looking for an industry change, look into certifications and education that could help you get a new job in your new field. This also gives you the opportunity to plan for any expenses incurred by these certifications and education.
Leaving a job can be stressful, especially if you do not have another job lined up. If you are looking for financial advice based on a job change, reach out to us at Mooney Lyons. We want to help you be in the best position possible for your new job. Give us a call today to schedule a meeting.