10 Tips To Quit Your Job With Professionalism

Congratulations! You just got an offer for a wonderful new job. There’s just one catch. You have to say good-bye to your current employer.

Maybe you hated your job and you’ve been counting the days till you could walk out the door one last time. Or maybe its hard to say good-bye to a job you loved.  It’s ok to be nervous about making the departure announcement, ultimately you have to do what’s best for you.

Are you wondering how to quit your job the right way but still protect your longer-term career interests.

Here are some guidelines to move to your next position with grace and style.

1. Give the correct amount of notice required by your company’s written policy.

Every so often my clients feel sorry for their former colleagues. So they stick around an extra week (or even an extra month). Inevitably, they begin to feel like a fifth wheel.

2. After you leave, do not accept any job-related calls from your company unless you have a written consulting contract.If your company needs additional help, offer to work as a paid consultant with a contract. But get everything in writing and make sure your new job becomes your Number One priority.

3. Study your current and future company policies regarding disclosures and no-compete agreements.

4. Resign to your boss in person with a written document stating your resign and has your signature.

5. Expect your boss to be professional.

6. Thank your boss and your coworkers, even if you hate them all and can’t wait to leave.

7. Decline a counter-offer.

8. Treat the exit interview as a business formality, not a therapy session.

9. Resist entreaties to share the details of your future position with anyone.

10. Focus on your new opportunity and not your past experience.

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