“New Year, New You”, that’s the saying, right? Well, maybe that “new you” has a new job? However, leaving a job that you know can be painful and scary. Well, it doesn’t have to be. You can leave your old job with some grace and dignity.
Take some time out and think of the reasons you want to leave your job. Is it an uncomfortable environment? Are you bored of your role? Do you need a pay raise and your current company cannot give it to you? These reasons will help you determine what type of new job you want, and when you need to leave your current job.
2. GIVE AMPLE NOTICE
Once you find a new job or just know it is time to go, set up a time with your direct manager to let them know you are leaving. Although two weeks is standard (unless your contract says otherwise), it’s always a good idea to give more time. Especially if you are hitting a busy season at your company. Do give the exact day your last day will be.
However, we must say, if your company has a tendency to escort employees out the door once they give their notice, then do not give them two weeks. Prepare yourself in advance, by tying up any loose ends.
Tell your coworkers once you tell your direct manager. You can send a mass email, to everyone on your team and if you need to, send an email to clients. This is not only to let them know but to keep in touch. Set up 1:1 meetings with people who will be taking over your tasks during transitions, transfer access to any files to the correct people, etc.
4. OFFER TO TRAIN YOUR REPLACEMENT
If the environment and time allow, offer to train your replacement. If you’re not able to train your replacement because of timing, offer to create a guide. This allows you to leave on good terms.
5. HUG YOURSELF AMIGA
Once you are in your new job, give yourself a hug. You left your previous company on good terms and on your own time.