Thursday, March 1, 2012

Your Reputation With Your Exes

Some time or another you're going to have to make a choice to leave a job - maybe things aren't working out with your boss or colleagues, or it's just time to move on to something else that you feel will take you further in your career path.

Either way it is important to resign with class to make sure you still have a decent reputation with your ex-employer. Especially if you want a reference from them in the future, it is absolutely crucial that you take these steps before you pack your bags:
  • Give plenty of notice. 2-4 weeks is usually the standard, but double check with your company policies in case they expect differently.
  • Offer to help with the hiring/training of your replacement. This will show your employer that you valued your position and have the expertise to help them find someone suitable to take on your role.
  • Continue working hard and completing tasks on time. Just because you're leaving doesn't mean you get to slack off!
  • Maintain your network. Before you leave make sure you have all the contact information of your colleagues and supervisors that you want to keep in contact with, they could come in handy!
  • Finally, thank everyone for their support before you're out the door - it's only common courtesy.
- Taken from Resigning with Class: How to Diplomatically Resign From Your Job
by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

In the world of work, it certainly helps to have a good reputation with your exes. Take the time to resign and leave respectfully and with dignity.

Best of luck,

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