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9 things you should do while quitting your job.

November 15, 2018

Regardless of the reasons for quitting a job, it is important to come out of the organization you have worked in with a cool head and without burning any bridges

Quit Without Burning Bridges

9 things you should do while quitting your job.

There are a lot of reasons as to why you quit your job. You are either unhappy with your job or you don’t get along well with your boss. The office is too far away or you have found a better job offer. Regardless of why you quit a job, it is important to resign with a cool head and quit without burning bridges. It applies even if you already have a better job offer at hand. So, to help you with that, here is a list of nine things you should do while quitting your job.

1) Let Your Boss Know It First

Make sure your boss is the first person in the company to know about it and he should know about it only from you. It is always better and preferable if it’s done in person than through a phone call. Also, after the personal conversation, do not forget to send in a formal resignation letter.

2) Serve Your Notice Period

Usually, a company’s notice period is from two weeks to two months. Unless and until there is an emergency,  ensure you serve the full notice period.

However, if your notice period is for two months and you have to take up the next job in one month, talk to your superiors about it and figure out a way to ensure a smooth transition.

3) Be Productive Until The Last Day

While serving the notice period, you should be careful about what you do. At times, people tend to take that time for granted and not be as productive as earlier.

But understand that despite all effort you would have put in that company in the past, how you carry yourself when you do not have any obligation is what will say a lot about you to your colleagues and employer.

4) Quit Without Burning Bridges

While working in an organization, there are people you get along with and there are ones you don’t get along with very well. But for the last few weeks at work, try and remember only the positive things that happened and engage in pleasant conversations with everyone around you.

You can also get your co-workers cookies or something else as a farewell treat. This helps you maintain a professional relationship with your co-workers even after your resignation.

5) Show Gesture Of Goodwill

As long as it is practically feasible, offer to help your current employee with the transition process. Offer to help in knowledge sharing and other related stuff for the person who is going to take up your position. They may or may not take up your offer, but your gesture of goodwill will definitely be remembered.

6) Leave Things Organized

Write down the status of all projects and responsibilities you have been assigned, to make the job of transition easy for your employers after your departure.

At the same time, make sure you make copies of whatever you require from the system and give back the computer only when it is clean of your personal files.

7) Be Nice To Your Replacement

As a good gesture, be nice to the person who is going to replace you. Try talking to that person a few times to help him/her understand their role and nature of work better. Make it as easier for them to take up the role by leaving everything organized and updated.

8) Say Your Goodbyes

Write a proper farewell mail to your colleagues and employers and express gratitude for the experience and training you received (even if you may not really mean it). While doing that, it is important to make sure that you are professional and not emotional.

9) Transition Of Work

If you have clients that you are personally dealing with, talk with your superiors to find out how to inform them of your departure and the transition.

Having said all this, be really sure you want to quit your job before having a talk with your superiors or officially ‘putting down your papers’.

If the reason is something internal like an issue with your boss, try talking to your HR about it. There might be a need for your expertise in other departments and you can try moving within the organisation instead of quitting your job altogether.

Put down your papers only when you are sure that you definitely want to quit working for your organization.

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