How to leave a job beautifully
Once you have decided it’s time to leave, you can follow these steps to ensure you maintain a professional connection with your employer:
1. Solidify your options first. You can prepare for your exit by finding a new job or by building up sufficient savings to last six months. If needed, you can make your budget more-restricted to help extend the life of your savings. This ensures you don’t find yourself out of work and out of money shortly after you leave.
2. Pay attention to the details. Consider any benefits you receive from work. Most commonly, this includes insurance plans or retirement contributions. Make sure you are accounting for any benefits when analyzing if it is time to leave or not. When considering new opportunities, make sure they offer similar benefits.
3. Talk with people you trust. It always helps to have alternative perspectives when making a major life decision, so take time to speak with people you can rely on to give good advice. You should also always be sure to discuss any major work decisions with your family to make sure they feel comfortable with your plan.
4. Follow procedure. Once you have sorted your basic preparations, it’s time to begin the process of leaving your current job. If there is a formal procedure for resignation at your company, you should follow it. Consult your employee handbook or contact a human resources representative for more information regarding resignation policies. Leaving on a positive note can help you maintain an open connection with your employer should you need a reference.
5. Provide a notice. Some employers require a minimum notice time before you can leave. A standard notice time is one month. Even if your company doesn’t require a formal notice period, offering one can show your professionalism and help your manager prepare for your departure.
6. Put it in writing. Although a verbal resignation is typically acceptable, particularly if you had a close relationship with your manager, put your resignation in writing. You can deliver a letter or email, just so long as you create a written record of the date of your resignation.
7. Assist in the transition. If your company hires a replacement before you leave or assigns your work to your colleagues, be as helpful as possible during the transition to maintain a strong working relationship.
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