We’re in The Great Reshuffle – a time where many people leave their jobs in pursuit of another. While you might want to move on to your next adventure, are you sure you’ve done everything you should before leaving? Find out on today’s episode of Selling in Color the ten things you must consider before leaving your current job.
Don’t leave a job and make them regret hiring you in the first place.
- Who knows what life holds; you might want to rejoin that company again! When it comes to employment, don’t burn bridges.
- If you’re working within the same industry, the word can travel. And that can be damaging to your career if you leave on a negative note.
- People leave because of flexibility and money – they like the opportunity for growth or adaptability inside the company. People don’t want to be stagnant.
Ten things to consider before leaving:
- Don’t burn bridges. (We’re better than that.)
- Give a two-week notice. Think about it from an employer’s perspective; the least you can do is equip your manager to be their best.
- Give your boss the news. Of course, you don’t need to give them your life story, but explain that it’s time for you to move on.
- Depending on the company’s size, recommend someone to take your spot.
- Make it easy for the next person coming in; let them know next steps, prospects, and future deals.
- Give a resignation letter. It doesn’t have to be complicated; you can find examples online. It’s formal, but it sets the standard as a professional.
- Think about your team members. Connect coworkers on LinkedIn with other strong professionals.
- Give back the company’s belongings; you have bigger fishes to fry.
- Think about your benefits. You might have a 401K, vacation days, or life insurance that you might need. Are you able to switch it over?
- Speaking of vacation days, take the days you earned!
The best time to find a new job is when you currently have one. Wait until you have signed the offer letter and have secured income before leaving your old job behind. When it’s all said and done, this is about your mental health and well-being. Do something you appreciate and enjoy doing. Oh, and happy Black History Month! Make sure to connect with Donald on LinkedIn for more great content.
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