Quitting a job is rarely a simple, smooth process, even if you hate your boss or have a better offer with a six-figure salary waiting for you. It can be emotional, and you want to keep your professional relationships intact.
Here are a few bits of advice for people looking to make a change and preserve professional relationships.
The first step you should take after deciding to leave your job is scheduling an in-person, phone or video meeting with your manager to let them know of your plans. No manager wants to be surprised, email them and say that you’d like to get some time on their calendar for an important conversation.
Giving two weeks’ notice is still the standard when exiting a position. Make your intentions clear, but keep the announcement brief. If you’re not comfortable telling your manager where you’re going to work, you can say, “All the details aren’t ironed out yet, but once I’m in place and set, I’d be happy to chat about my new role.”
It’s important to begin your resignation with expressions of gratitude. Tell your manager how thankful you are for the opportunities you’ve had during your time in the role. If you’re struggling with negative emotions toward your employer, reflect on the people you’ve met, the relationships you built and some of your biggest achievements.
You can offer concrete suggestions in your resignation email to help with this transition, which could include a flexible notice period or training a replacement. Maintaining your productivity and motivation will prove to your manager and colleagues that you’re a responsible and accountable professional. This will leave a strong lasting impression on your colleagues and make them more likely to refer or recommend you for jobs in the future.
Unleashing an emotional burst of criticism toward your manager or human resources might feel great in the moment, especially if you’ve had a rocky relationship with your manager. During your exit interview, try to focus on the positives of your experience and constructively voice your concerns about the company, team, or your manager. You don’t want to spark any backlash, there’s nothing you can gain from it. You’re already leaving the organization.
Quitting your job is a delicate process. If you want to do what’s best for your career, you need to transition out of your company in the smoothest way possible. By respecting your manager, and appreciating the opportunity of working at your old company, you can leave and join companies with your network and reputation intact.
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