You have gotten a better job and ready to move on to greener pastures. Good for you! Now, it’s time to tie up loose ends and make your exit gracefully. Here are 4 tips on how to exit gracefully from your current job to ensure you leave with your professional reputation intact and no burned bridges.
Keep It Professional and Positive
Make an appointment to see your boss so you can have his or her undivided attention. You don’t want someone else to barge in during the conversation. Then, go straight to the point and thank your boss for his support and the opportunity to be part of the organization. Remember not to burn bridges so do be polite even if you don’t like your boss. Chances are your boss might want to know why you are leaving and where you are going. Keep the explanation brief, and you don’t need to be specific – it has been great during your tenure here but you know it’s time to move forward. Always end the meeting on a positive note.
Lost in Transition
Offer to help to ensure the transition period is as seamless as possible. If there is a replacement, do offer to train that individual and provide as much information as you can. Doing a proper handover is professional. If there is no replacement hired, do prepare manuals on process or notes so the new hire can have a reliable reference even when you aren’t physically around.
Give Amble Notice
Once you have notified your boss and human resources, it’s time to inform those whom you work with closely or that you are currently collaborating with. Nothing speaks of unprofessionalism more than having to receive an autoreply stating that your email is no longer valid. In short, do not disappear without notice. Give your colleagues early notice so you can tie up loose ends in projects and do a proper hand over if applicable.
Exit Interview is Not for Venting
People might get a little carried away during an exit interview so remind yourself that it’s not exactly a heart to heart moment. During the session, it’s vital that you be pleasant and professional, even if you find that hard to do. “Overall, my advice to clients who are preparing for an exit interview is: Good endings make good beginnings,” advised Maggie Mistal, a New York-City based career consultant and executive coach. Keep it brief and professional. Express gratitude and do not aim to criticize the culture or you will come across as bitter. If you feel strongly about giving feedback, proceed with caution and keep “never close doors” view in mind.
Monica Leong is a storyteller at heart. Graduated with a Journalism and Public Relations degree, she is currently working in corporate communications and also contributes as a freelance writer and editor. Before entering the corporate world, she worked in female lifestyle magazines such as Marie Claire, CLEO, and PEARL as an editor and a features writer. Monica is passionate about writing and working on a short story and flash fiction anthology.