Monday, February 26, 2007

how to leave a job

as promised, today's blog is a free education on what / why and how to leave a job. share this with your kids, team mates, co-workers, employees, bosses, etc so we can MINIMIZE any negative perceptions associated with moving on.

1st of all, using scott's great points on the 5 steps of grief (posted in yesterday's blog), it's important to recognize the decision to leave a job is not an easy one. having said that, there are certainly things one can do to reach the acceptance stage and make the transition as smooth as possible.

the following are the processes that can help you, make your way onwards and upwards with positive feelings, minimal drama and optimal memories.

1. tell your manager first. whether you are looking or have found something, walk in and give them plenty of notice. they will appreciate this professionalism rather than hearing it from the customer or the team first.

2. take the high road at all times. people LOVE drama and will try to engage you in the dramatic side of what / why & how. simply tell them the decision has been made in your best interest. when you stay high, people are left with an elevated perception of you.

3. save your best till last. during the last 2 weeks, work like it was your first two weeks. wrap things up in an orderly fashion and get back on the radar that got you hired in the first place. what this does is elevate your departing stock, ensure reference letters are signed and make you look GREAT in the eyes of the team, customers, management & organization. legacy!

4. have a plan b in mind prior to announcing your departure. whether its travelling or the confirmation of another job make sure you are not simply throwing your hands up aimlessly and walking away.

5. thank those who you have worked for and with. there is nothing more powerful than having a group of supporters who WANT to help you with your next venture.

5 dont's when leaving a job.
1. don't ever email or call in your resignation and give no notice. you walk in to your manager, sit down, discuss the strategy and then give your best effort over the last 2 weeks. remember, the impression people (manager, team, customers) will remember is the first and last one.

2. don't "rally the troops" to believe because you are leaving, they too should leave. just because your time and attention span have narrowed, doesn't mean others has.

3. limit your comments to how the organization has treated you to "it's been a great time, i have benefited / the organization has benefited and that's what matters most". investing energy slinging mud will not likely help you get that reference letter you need.

4. don't whisper in the customers ears. people are savvy and more times than less, you look like the fool.

5. don't leave a job bitter. again, that's a choice of which you have the ultimate control over. you have likely invested a lot of time and energy at your work and should want to be remembered for the good and not the dramatic.

again, leaving a job doesn't have to be dramatic or negative or destructive. its all in how YOU decide to conduct yourself. trust me when i share the fact you will get much much more out of the entire experience by leaving on as good as or better terms than when you were hired.

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