How to Quit Your Job Without Burning Bridges
You may have just landed your dream job and are thinking about how you’re going to break the news to your current boss. What you should remember in this situation is that the professional world is small, and you never know when you may run into former colleagues or need that recommendation from your manager. So, before you storm into your boss’s office and hand in a note saying “I quit,” consider the pointers below:
Wait for the written offer
Perhaps you blew away the hiring manager in the interview, and they all but told you that you got the job. Unless you have that written offer firmly in your hand, refrain from giving your notice. This will save you from any inconvenience should the potential job fall through.
Honour your notice period
Your employment agreement should stipulate the notice period required to resign. If nothing is stated, then it is courteous to give two weeks notice, if your circumstances allow. This will limit any relationship damage as your workplace tries to find a way to fill your role.
Now, perhaps you’re feeling extremely loyal to your employer, and want to give more than the required notice. Be warned, an employer doesn't have to accept this and can choose to only let you work out the minimum notice period. Not only this, but you may find that once you have given your notice, you are no longer invited to interesting meetings, and may feel a little on the outer with your formerly close colleagues.
Tell your manager first
You may be tempted to tell your closest workmates about your new opportunity, however workplace gossip is common and the last thing you want is your manager to find out from a third party that you plan on quitting. So, once you are ready to resign, tell your manager first and do so in person as opposed to via an email. That being said, make sure you provide a written resignation following your verbal one. This should clearly state your intention to resign and the date of your last day at work.
Don’t check out
So, you’ve handed in your notice, and now there’s nothing left to do but relax at work and count down to your last day, right? Wrong. You may have had a stellar performance throughout your employment, but what you will be remembered for the most is how your employment ended. So, make sure you don’t mentally check out in your last few weeks of work. Keep up your standards and end on a high.
Be prepared for the exit interview
Have a think about what you would like to discuss with your boss prior to the exit interview, to avoid going on a rant about everything you’ve ever disliked about your workplace and your boss. Remember, exit interviews are your opportunity to provide some constructive criticism, not to vent about everything that made you leave in the first place. Don’t forget to thank your boss for the good opportunities you’ve been provided and everything you have learnt along the way.
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