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Workers who want to leave their current job without burning any bridges know the complicated tightrope they must walk in that situation. Luckily, there are a few steps that workers can take to make that situation less complicated, so they can leave their job on good terms.
"How you leave a job can be just as important as what you did while you were there," Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam, said. "Regardless of the reason for resigning, making a graceful exit by tying up loose ends and thanking colleagues shows your professionalism and can help you down the road in your career."
Hosking's tips for leaving a job amicably include:
- Give proper notice — "Tell your boss about your departure first so he or she doesn't hear it through the grapevine. Providing two weeks' notice is standard, but if your schedule is flexible, offer to stay longer to train a replacement."
- Get things in order — "Supply written instructions to team members on projects and make sure they have access to the tools and information needed to complete assignments."
- Stay positive – "Take the time to say goodbye and thank you to colleagues. Provide your contact information and reach out to those with whom you'd like to keep in touch."
- Don't slack off — "Use your last weeks on the job to complete as much work as possible on outstanding projects. You want to be remembered as a strong contributor to the end."
- Talk before you walk — "Participate in an exit interview if it's offered. Be honest with your feedback, but keep it constructive and professional. Your comments and suggestions could potentially help to improve the workplace."
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