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Quit Right: 5 Ways to Leave Your Job on a High Note

Quit Right: 5 Ways to Leave Your Job on a High Note
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If you have a new job lined up and you're ready to tell your employer you're moving on, you might want to think twice about going out in a blaze of glory.

While the way you quit might not have an impact on the job you head to next, it could affect future prospects, according to a new study from the staffing firm OfficeTeam. Nearly 90 percent of human resources managers said the way employees quit a job has at least some effect on their future career opportunities.

Just 12 percent of those surveyed said the manner in which employees leave has no bearing at all on their chances of landing a job down the road.

Robert Hosking, executive director of OfficeTeam, said how you quit a position can leave a lasting impression, so it's critical to exit on the best terms possible.

"Doing a great job when you start a new role is expected," Hosking said in a statement. "Doing a great job as you leave cements your reputation for professionalism."

To help employees ensure they leave their jobs on a good note, OfficeTeam offers several tips:

  • Give proper notice: You don't want your boss hearing you're leaving from someone other than you, so schedule a meeting with them to discuss your resignation before telling anyone else. Additionally, while giving two weeks' notice is standard, if you have the option, offer to stay longer to help train a replacement.
  • Help others: Provide detailed instructions to your co-workers on any projects you've been working on, and make sure your colleagues have access to the information needed to complete any unfinished assignments.
  • Go out strong: Don't slack off on your way out. Use the time you have left to help wrap up the projects you've been working on.
  • Offer feedback: Don't turn down the chance to participate in an exit interview. If you get the opportunity to do one, be honest with your feedback, while also keeping your remarks constructive and professional.
  • Leave on a positive note: Before you leave, spend some time saying goodbye and thank you toyour colleagues. Also provide your contact information, and offer to keep in touch.

The study was based on surveys of 600 HR managers at companies with 20 or more employees in the United States and Canada.

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based freelance writer who has nearly 15 years experience in the media business. A graduate of Indiana University, he spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including, local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Following his years at the newspaper Chad worked in public relations, helping promote small businesses throughout the U.S. Follow him on Twitter.