Career Tip: Avoid Unwanted Noise & Make a Swift Move

Be it a promising new opportunity, change of role, or the aim to acquire new skills, a professional has enough reasons and rights to leave a job.

In this article at IVY Exec, Katherine Jamison explains that if you have earned the trust of your employer by putting efforts worth days and nights, leaving on an unpleasant note is bizarre.

Need for Swift Transition

The internet is filled with endless ideas to please the current employer, but you need to learn the art of leaving a job, not the boss. Here is how you can make a smooth transition in six smart steps:

  • Offer Constructive Feedback: Once you make mind for a job change, hold a one-on-one meeting with your reporting manager or boss. Share your opinion about your current role with him or her. Politely share your constructive feedback about the position, if it requires any amendment. Being your senior for a specific duration, the bosses deserve acknowledgment of their support in your professional development. So express gratitude for all your learning with them.
  • A Decent Resignation Letter: Document the reason for your transition in a professional letter. Pen down your intention to leave, followed by a note of gratitude towards all the opportunities and the new learnings you have gained in your current position (job title). Keep it precise and mark a copy to HR.
  • Beware of Notice Period: As you negotiate with your next employer, always consider the notice period for your current role. Accordingly, make further commitments. Serve a minimum of two weeks’ notice to handover your responsibilities among existing team members or a new resource. Do not rush and leave without prior notice as it will damage your reputation among your peers, which might impact your career in the future.
  • Turn Social Media Private: Do not take your grievances with the current employer on social media. Quitting a job does not give you a license to malign the reputation of current employer. Raising concern over social media hampers your reputation in front of the upcoming employer.
  • Replacement Support: Make a note of your current roles and responsibilities with desired suggestions to make the job of your replacement easy. It will surely impress your current employer, though your paperwork will escalate.
  • Smart Exit Interview: Do not escalate any unpleasant matter in the exit interview. Remember, your employer is a part of the industry for long, and he’s efficient enough to hamper your career growth. Also, if you have issues with a team member or senior, this is not the time to highlight it. Instead, thank everyone and make your last impression promising.

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