Sep 07, 2017

30 Career Experts Teach You How To Resign Gracefully – Part 5

Changing jobs can be quite difficult. Even if you dislike your current job very much and you are excited by a new opportunity, you should always behave professionally. Quitting in a brutal way can damage your reputation and your relations with your co-workers.To help you with the resignation process, we reached out to three career experts and asked them:

When someone has accepted another position and preparing to leave their current job, what is the best advice you’d give them?

We received some great insights that we want to share with you. Find out how you should leave your old job without affecting your relations with your former employer or colleagues.

This is the fifth part of this interview series. You can check the previous post on this topic here.

Marc Prosser – Fit Small Business

Marc Prosser

Marc Prosser has been involved in many businesses as an executive, advisor, and investor. Prior to starting his own company, Marc Prosser was the first employee and Chief Marketing Officer of FXCM. During his ten years at FXCM, the company grew from a small business to over 700 employees.

1) Try to leave on good terms. I know several people who have worked for the same company multiple times.
2) Provide two weeks notice.
3) Provide a very detailed description of your responsibilities and what will be needed to be done in the short-term to prevent anything important from slipping through the cracks.

4) Try to be as helpful as possible to those taking over your responsibilities.Click To Tweet

5) Do not talk about where you are going or why you are leaving to co-workers, vendors, and clients. Get the email where you announce your departure to these various stakeholders pre-approved by clients. Ideally, you manager should designate a person to handle questions/inquiries that would normally go to you.
6) Do not use the opportunity bad mouth anyone at the company. Instead frame the decision as a great opportunity for you too.

Alex Twersky – Resume Deli

Alex Twersky

Alex has created thousands of powerful resumes and cover letters spanning all career fields, and advised clients on innovative job search strategy, interviewing techniques, professional networking, and on how to put social media to work in their career exploration. A co-founder of Resume Deli, Alex has over 14 years of experience in the career-development and resume-writing space.

Here’s some solid advice on how to leave a job… and a few missteps that should be avoided:

You may be angry, resentful, overworked, etc., but don’t end things that way! Conjure up for yourself what has been the best time at your job, and have that image top-of-mind when you set up a meeting with your boss to give notice. It’s amazing how even the crabbiest, toughest boss can get nostalgic, forgetting how miserable they made you and instead of thinking how difficult this decision must be for you! The point is, you should capitalize on this veneer of good will: let your boss think they were great, even if they weren’t so; get a good recommendation out of it (even if you didn’t think you ever would…you might) and see about the possibility of highly paid consulting work once you’ve left (if that’s something you’d be interested in and assuming you haven’t already landed another role).

Make sure to give at least two weeks' notice (more if you can) and offer yourself up to train-up others who will take over your role.Click To Tweet

Be generous with your time, but if you’re needed to do significant work after you’ll have already left, make sure to negotiate a fair rate.

Tell your boss first. It’s tempting to tell your colleagues–especially those that are also friends–that you’re on your way out. But make sure your boss hears it from you, first. No boss wants to be caught off-guard or seem like they weren’t “in the know”. All the good will I mentioned above? That goes out the window if your boss gets a whiff of your leaving before you officially tell him/her that’s the case.

Amanda Oliver – The Color Coded Life

Amanda Oliver

Amanda went to college for politics and law school after that. She now works in a much more creative industry and uses her blog as her outlet. Her goal is to provide her readers with a place where they can find articles (color coded, of course) on topics ranging from fashion to feminism, to career dreams, finances and social life.

RULE #1 – Don’t Be A Jerk

What I mean is, don’t leave right in the middle of a major project or the busiest part of the year. Even if your boss is a total asshole, remember that you are better than pulling this kind of stunt.

You don’t want to be known as the person who screwed everyone else over because you just had to get out.

Now, I’m not saying stick around for an entire extra year.

But it is classy and courteous not to quit right in the middle of a major assignment.Click To Tweet

Not to mention that most industries can be fairly insular. So if you plan to stick within the same field, you don’t want to have a reputation for being a flake or unprofessional.

RULE #2 – Carefully Craft Your Resignation Letter

The Muse is a career website and they have a great step-by-step guide on writing a resignation letter.

It’s important to stay above the fray and avoid name calling or the blame game. The best way to give the middle finger to your shitty job is to appear as calm, cool and collected as possible. Review the step by step guide for writing your letter above, and you’ll be able to do just that.

RULE #3 – Follow The Appropriate Exit Strategy

  • If you work for a major company, they likely have guidelines on resigning. Make sure you review them and follow them to the letter. You do not want to create further drama by going at quitting willy-nilly.
  • If you don’t work for a major company, you should still follow a set procedure when putting in your notice. Generally, that will mean:
  • Writing your resignation letter
  • Setting up a meeting with your boss to discuss your resignation and provide them the letter
  • Preparing yourself for the next two weeks (if your notice is accepted)
  • And preparing yourself if they tell you to not let the door hit you on the way out
  • Hopefully, things go well and your boss is as gracious as you are. But if they don’t, you want to make sure that you did everything right on your way out the door. Don’t rehash past grievances and don’t throw around blame in your letter. Now is not the time. Remain calm and focused, and act like the adult you are (or at least the type of adult we’re all pretending to be).

RULE #4 – Put Yourself In Your Replacement’s Shoes

What if you were the person replacing you? What would you want to know? What systems are confusing at first, but once you get the hang of it, you know they’re helpful?

Whatever it is, start making lists of those items, steps, or tools that have been invaluable to you over the course of your work.

Despite whatever you might feel towards your boss or your company, or both, it is not the fault of your future replacement.

Make their lives a little bit easier for when they are trying to figure out the ropes by making some lists or instructions.

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