Aug 31, 2017

30 Career Experts Teach You How To Resign Gracefully – Part 4

Sometimes you need to let something good go for something else that is better. A job transition can be quite difficult. What do you do when you have decided that the best choice is for you to leave your job for another opportunity? This is a change hard to manage if you hate your current work place and even more difficult if you enjoyed your job.

What do you do when you’ve worked for years at the same company, you have a good relationship with your colleagues and your employer but you just need a professional change? There can be many reasons for it. A higher salary, the possibility to travel, or the fact that you got an offer you can’t refuse.

In any case, things will be difficult when you let your manager and your coworkers know you are leaving. To help you manage the job transition, we asked three career experts the following question:

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

We got some great insights that we want to share with you.


Mary Warriner

Mary Warriner

Your main focus should be to tie up loose ends and remain professional.Click To Tweet

Set up a meeting with your manager to find out his/her priorities. You’ll want to do this as soon as possible after you’ve given notice. Discover what it is that s/he wants you to complete or finalize before you walk out the door to begin your new position. Be sure that gets done before your last day.

You shouldn’t be expected to work 160 hours in your last two weeks, so start handing off work. However, you don’t want to look like you have nothing to do in your last week. On your last day, you should feel like you’ve accounted for your main duties and are leaving on a positive note.
Make a list of projects and major responsibilities. You won’t be able to finish every project but put a spreadsheet together to the task, who is taking it over, the status and any important notes.

You will also want to contact your internal customers to let them know you are leaving. Be sure to let them know who their new contact will be and make an introduction if appropriate, even if it’s only a temporary solution.

Have a final meeting with your manager in the morning of your last day. Provide the list you’ve created and see if there are any questions you can answer or anything you can wrap up before you leave that day.

One last thing, if you haven’t already, connect with co-workers on LinkedIn. You may not want to keep in touch with everyone at the company, but there will be some key colleagues that you want to maintain a relationship with.

Halelly Azulay – TalentGrow

Halelly Azulay

Halelly Azulay is a facilitator, speaker, and leadership development strategist and an expert in communication skills and emotional intelligence. She is the Founder & CEO of TalentGrow LLC, where she develops leaders and teams, especially for enterprises experiencing explosive growth or expansion, and the author of two books: Employee Development on a Shoestring and Strength to Strength: How Working from Your Strengths Can Help You Lead a More Fulfilling Life.

Not only would I tell them to never burn bridges, I’d say become an active bridge maintenance person.Click To Tweet

In other words: make sure that you connect with anyone with whom you’ve had a relationship at that job – regardless of their current position or role – in a way that you can upkeep even when you’re no longer at that job (and incidentally, because eventually, they will also leave it). The most obvious form would be ensuring you are linked on LinkedIn, which people tend to keep up-to-date regardless of their current job, as opposed to using their current work email, which will eventually become outdated when they move on. Why? Because they are currently a part of your network but you will only be able to continue to add value to them and potentially receive value from them if you are IN TOUCH.

Then, make it one of your career development goals to be a person who actively stays in touch with their network. This is easier said than done because almost everyone knows this but almost everyone feels like they are not doing it as much as they should be. Set up small, doable daily or weekly networking habits that have you checking up on your contacts, making introductions, liking or sharing or commenting on their updates and content shares, and even sending articles or a simple note of appreciation. None of these tasks take a long time to complete, but we often neglect or procrastinate on them. But if you view network maintenance work kind of like you think about brushing your teeth: you don’t relish it (well, most people don’t), you don’t hate it (most of us get over that at some point in our childhood), you don’t look forward to it or procrastinate on it. You just DO IT. It’s a habit, you know it produces a long-term value for a small short-term investment of time and effort, and you believe you will benefit from the long-term results even though it produces very few tangible benefits in the short term.

So keep in touch, maintain your bridges, and you will benefit by having a robust network that grows with every new opportunity and creates many win-win benefits for all involved.

Judy Peebles – The Knowledge Series

Judy Peebles

As a Career & Professional Coach, I always tell my clients who are preparing to leave their current job, not to burn their bridges, as much as possible, leave on good terms.

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When you start your new job, keep a notebook – electronically or on paper – for the first six months in the new position and write down all the ideas that come to you to improve things in your new role/company.

These may be solutions to a problem either internal or external, streamlining or improving a process. You have fresh eyes and will potentially see things that others who have been there a while may not notice, or they just accept as the way things are always done.

It may take more time for you to fully understand if these ideas/solutions can or should be implemented. Initially, you may not have the breadth of knowledge to understand possible conflicts with changing things. But if you don’t write them down, you may not remember them later.

If these ideas are something minor with a quick, easy fix that is within your control, go ahead and implement them.

As you continue to learn and grow into your new role, regularly review your ideas, if any of them still make sense with your new knowledge of the company – especially if they have a significant impact on things like the bottom line or customer experience – take one or two and do more research and investigation. Then when you have fleshed out your idea, approach your superior and get their input.

Thank you so much to all the experts that contributed to this round-up. Please comment below and share with us how did you deal with a job transition and what lessons did you learn from your experience. If you read, at least one useful thing, from this post, then give it a share. Let your friends find out about it and help us spread the word.


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1 Comment

Great resource with tangible ideas to transition from one position to another.

Vicki Hahn

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