Leaving a Job with GraceMar 18, 2022
Beyond the obvious of not shouting “I quit!” in the boss’s face, there are several things to do to leave a job on good terms:
- Make sure everyone knows where your projects stand.
- Leave detailed instructions on how to perform your essential tasks, especially if there are not many people cross-trained into your job.
- Don’t leave a mess at your desk. Have everything neat and obviously don’t clean out the supply closet!
- When you announce your change on your social media platforms, be very gracious to the company you just left and let them know you appreciated your time there.
- Connect with and write LinkedIn recommendations for your former co-workers and supervisor.
- If you know of someone in your network that would be a good match for the company, introduce them to the manager.
In my own history, I left a job in 2007 and was brought back in 2012 for some contract work. Even though this was an extremely toxic work environment, I managed to keep good relations with the owner over the years. A lot of this is because I tried to leave on good terms and then did not smear them publicly afterwards – either in social media or in interviews.
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