If you are reading this post, you might be thinking about leaving your job. If you’ve already decided to leave your job, there are things you still need to do though. Some like to completely give up at the job they are quitting, but that is not the wise thing to do.
It’s always best to leave a job on good terms if you are able to. I realize there are reasons for why you might not be able to leave on the best of terms, but if you can control it, it’s usually best to do so.
This is because you never know when you might cross paths with someone at your old company again in the future. If you leave on bad terms, it might prevent you from getting a good job reference, you might get a bad reputation at a new company if someone from your old company starts working there, and you may harm your chances at networking opportunities in the future.
Below are four things you should do when you are about to leave your job:
1. Give notice.
If you haven’t yet, you should give your employer notice that you are going to leave and write a resignation letter.
You should remember that some places will ask you leave immediately (such as companies where sensitive information is handled), whereas others will try to get every last-minute that they can out of you. You should give notice when you are ready, but also keep in mind what your company and industry tends to do when someone turns in their notice.
2. Be a responsible employee.
If you are still getting paid to work, then you should still be working.
This means completing your normal job duties, arriving to work on time, and more. I’ve seen quite a few people turn in their notice and act like their remaining days were just a vacation. That is not something you want to do.
3. Train your replacement, if possible.
If your employer asks if you can train your replacement, you should say yes if you are able to. Some employees will even go the extra step and offer their time after their last day just in case the employer runs into any problems.
While this may not apply to every industry and company out there, it can go a long way and help you in the future if you need a reference, a job, etc. in the future.
4. Be positive.
For your remaining days or weeks (or even months), you should try to be as positive as you can. While I am sure you are excited to leave your job (you are leaving your job after all for a reason I am assuming), being friendly to your coworkers is always a good thing to do. Be polite to everyone, try not to say negative things about the company or your boss, and so on.
Do you always try to leave on good terms? Why or why not?