You feel it is the right time to leave your job. You don’t want to burn any bridges and your network is of value to you. Plus, it is preferable to have options when it comes to good references for your new position. How do you go about doing that?
It is important that the moment you decide to leave your current job, that you do so in a professional manner. Here are some tips for leaving your current job on a positive note:
Give More than Sufficient Notice
One month’s notice is standard practice, but depending on the nature of your role, consider giving even more notice. If you are one of these highly specialised employees, you can make your exit easier on your employer by giving them more time to find and train your replacement.
You don’t need to say much more than that you are leaving. Talk about how the company has benefited you and emphasise on the positives. There really isn’t any point in venting, criticising, undermining and being overall negative.
Train Your Successor
Support the success of the new incumbent and offer your help during the transition period. In doing so, you could end up being a valuable network connection down the road.
Finish Unfinished Tasks
Ideally, leave with your head held high. Complete and close as many of your active orders and projects as you can.
You never know where life may take you, and your reputation is a most valuable asset. It helps to preserve good relationships because for all you know, one of them may be the key to your success.