Saying Goodbye to Your Former Job

Leaving your job can be complicated. People may be inconvenienced and feelings may be hurt. To make things as simple and professional as possible, follow these guidelines:

  • Decide on a Timeline: Figure out if you should give two weeks’ notice or more. You don’t want to leave projects hanging.
  • Remember the People: Your superiors and colleagues are not “the company.” Treat them with the respect they deserve.
  • Tell Your Boss in Person: Do your boss the courtesy of letting him/her know face-to-face that you’ll be leaving your job.
  • Formally Resign: Make sure your resignation is documented; submit and e-mail to your boss and cc your HR department.
  • Connect on LinkedIn: Don’t let your relationships go to waste. Stay in contact with anyone whose company you’ve enjoyed.

Leaving on good terms is the best way to a brighter future. Do well by everyone and they will probably do well by you.