Starting a new job? Congratulations! Excited? Of course! Ready to move on from your old job? What shouldn’t you do before leaving your job?
Hold your horses! Before cutting ties, making sure you aren’t doing anything that could jeopardize your future.
1. Don’t Quit Without Giving Notice
It’s rude and can leave a bad taste in the mouth of your employer and co-workers—individuals that you may find yourself working with in the future or needing a reference from someday.
2. Don’t Tell Everyone Too Soon
Jumping the gun on this could lead to no job. Make sure you are cleared to start your new position: background checks, reference checks, and a signed contract. You will also want to be sure of your start date and be clear on your new pay schedule.
3. Don’t Burn Bridges
This concerns many areas of your current position. Leaving a job is not the time to blast coworkers or supervisors in any way or be rude to less than ideal clients. This is also not the time to do anything else you have ever dreamed of doing in the name of vengeance.
4. Don’t Leave a Mess
This means your workspace, files, and open projects. Instead, leave everything tidy and ready for the next person who will pick up your work. You do not want your name to become the equivalent of a rude nickname around the office—even if you aren’t there to hear it.
5. Don’t Coast Through Your Last Days
It may be tempting to come in late, leave early, and take long lunches for your last two weeks. Not a good idea. Your supervisor and coworkers will take notice, and that will only reflect poorly on you. Remember, you may need these people in the future.
6. Don’t Offer Details about Your New Position
When speaking with your supervisor or coworkers, do not offer up too many details about your new job. Doing so could cause resentment or give information for leverage.
7. Don’t Forget Why You’ve Decided to Quit
Your current employer may make a counteroffer in order to entice you to stay. Unless lack of money is your only reason for leaving, don’t let more money override all your other reasons for taking a new job.
8. Don’t Take on New Work
While you should take the time to leave all pertinent information behind for your replacement, don’t take on completely rewrite training manuals or take on new, long-term projects. If you can’t easily finish something within your two-weeks, that means someone else is going to get saddled with your incomplete work. That is unfair to your coworkers and the clients.
At first, all of these tips may seem like a lot to keep in mind when you are in the process of transitioning jobs. However, following these might just make the process a little easier.
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