You’ve Found a New Job. So How Do You Leave Your Current One?

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First off, congratulations are in order! You just found a new position and if that isn’t exciting and worth being proud of, I don’t know what is. As we all know, career growth and changes are just a part of the tide when it comes to moving through your career. But the one thing that should never change is how you approach leaving your current company. Regardless of how bad or good they have treated you, a proper resignation is always needed.

Schedule a meeting in-person

The biggest mistake I think people do when resigning is not doing so in-person. Respect is a huge thing in today’s world. And trust me, your career field is smaller than you think, so things can and will come back to haunt you. When you resign in person you set a standard of the type of person you are and want to be. Everyone grows and most jobs won’t be your last. People understand this. They know that people are bound to leave but there is a right way and wrong way no matter how hard it may seem. So, if you’re wanting to ensure that your current company doesn’t have a reason to hold something against you. resign in-person.

Give a good amount of notice

Depending on your job this can range from two months to two weeks. But it’s important to give a notice out of respect for the people who will have to pick up your job duties and for the hope that they can quickly find a replacement for your position. In today’s candidate-driven market, it’s even harder to find great candidates to fill essential roles. Give reasonable notice to help your (former) employer move on after your departure.

Be honest and give a letter

No matter the circumstances for the reason you found another job, being honest helps your company and future employees. Writing a resignation letter only reinforces the respect you have for your employer. Give credit where it’s due and point out flaws when needed. This is your chance to respectfully share your feedback with your employer and thank them for the opportunity.

Resigning can seem daunting, but they really are just a part of your life. The more you understand the respect and science behind it the better you will get about doing what’s right for you and not feeling bad about it. If you resign the right way, it should be the least of your worries in your career and career growth! And you never know when you may need to use your former employer as a reference in the future. Leave on a good note and don’t burn any bridges on your way out the door.