When you leave your job, regardless of whether it’s your own choice or your employer’s decision, there are a lot of unfinished details. For those starting a new job, in order to leave on a positive note, you’ll need to give notice if you’re resigning and schedule your last day on the job. For those freelancing or being dismissed, you’ll have to think about your job search as well as important employee benefits you had such as health. For those of you who are overwhelmed by what to do, have no fear! Here’s how to handle leaving your job the right way, tips to think about during the transition, and how to say goodbye to your “second family” (your coworkers).
How to Resign From a Job
When it’s your choice to move on, it’s important to resign with respect and class. The world is small, and you do not want to burn any bridges. You will probably need a performance reference from your employer at some point in time. Take the time to breathe and plan out how you want to leave your company. Giving two weeks notice is standard, although depending on the field your current employer might want to ask for more or less time. Be prepared for either. If you have more of a flexible end date, they will appreciate your extra consideration.
Give a Good Reason for Leaving
Even if your boss was a complete asshole and you completely hated what you did, unless you’re expecting to burn bridges, never EVER let them know. You need to leave your job on good terms, as you never know who knows you. Whether you want to explain that you found another opportunity, or you have decided to have a career change, focus on the reason as being surrounded by what you want, rather than how the company treated you.
Employee Benefits When You Leave a Job
Before you leave your job, you should talk to your HR department to what employee benefits you are eligible for. You are entitled to receive some benefits by law. Your employer may opt to provide additional benefits other than those mandated by state or federal law. When you learn of your options, consider lining up what your health insurance will be through, as well as where to roll your 401-k. All of these questions can be asked through HR.
Line Up Stellar References
When leaving, it’s important to leave on a positive note. You never know when you might need a good reference, and future employers love to hear from past employers. Think about those you work with on a daily basis, and before you leave, ask them if they will speak to your performance. Remember to get their contact information and keep it on file so you’re prepared when your references need to be checked.
Say Goodbye and Make Sure to Keep in Touch
After you give your employer the notice that you’re resigning, the next step is to inform your co-workers. When working 9-5pm each day with co-workers, it’s easy to develop friendly relationships. They see you more than you see your dog! Make sure to give them the respect and keep in touch. You never know who they know, and that mutual connection might be a great networking opportunity later on.