Congratulations on Your New Job! Now, Here is How to (Professionally) Leave Your Current Position

You’ve done it. After months of grooming your resume and yourself, researching companies, schlepping to interviews and checking your inbox on an hourly basis, you’ve landed a better job. But now it means you have to notify your current employer that you’re moving on.

Now, you’re not the “take this job and shove it” type. You’re not going to walk off the job without notice or worse, leave with some dramatic gesture.

But that new job is beckoning, and they want you to start yesterday. You’ve been dreaming of this day for months, maybe years. You might be excused for thinking you don’t have to worry too much about HOW you leave.

You would be wrong.

Your current job will always be part of your employment history. That means your supervisors could be contacted by prospective employers at any time. Your future could depend on maintaining the respect of your current supervisors and co-workers.

What’s more, your new employer will surely draw his or her own conclusions about how you make the transition. If she hears that you blew off your old job, she may suspect that you will treat your new position in the same way if a better opportunity comes along.

So it’s important to leave in a professional manner. Here’s how to go about it.

1) Write a letter of resignation. It should be polished and professional, and focus on the positive. Don’t air complaints. Short and sweet is best.

2) Tell your supervisor first. He will not appreciate hearing you are leaving from someone else. Here, too, it’s best to remain positive. Express gratitude for what you have learned on the job and mention that it is time to move on for your own growth.

3) Give as much notice as possible. If you do not have a contract that specifies how much notice you must give, two weeks is standard. Three is even better. Offer to help with the transition. And if you must leave quickly, offer to help for a short period via phone and email.

4) But be prepared to leave quickly. You could be asked to turn in your company car, phone or laptop and have your electronic passkeys canceled immediately. Don’t be caught unaware.

5) Ask for a letter of reference. The memory of your performance in this job will never be fresher than it is now.

6) Tie up loose ends. Leave your files organized and ready for the next person. This is a service not only to your replacement but also to your co-workers and boss.

7) Don’t burn any bridges, no matter how tempting it may be.

A graceful departure from your old job is the first step to success in your new position. Contact us today to learn how Professional Staffing Group can help you grow and develop by taking that next career step.