Letters from Carey: Quitting With Class

Happy May!  With unemployment at less than five percent, our recruiting efforts have involved more employed professionals than in the last few years.  With that, many applicants have asked for our advice on how much notice they should give and what reasons they should provide.  Whatever your reason may be, here are a few tips for finishing your current job with class.  I would encourage you to take these to heart because you never know when you are going to need a reference or when you might be working alongside past co-workers again.

Quitting a Job with Class

  1.      Work hard until the end.  If you have a new job lined up, you might be tempted to spend your last few weeks in your current position nodding off at your desk or ignoring e-mails from your soon-to-be ex-boss. Leave a lasting, positive impression at your old company by working up until the end.
  2.       Be gracious.  Regardless of how ready you are to move on to a new job, you still should show your appreciation for your old employer. Be grateful and appreciative of the opportunity given to you by thanking co-workers and managers with handwritten notes.  Also, don’t have an “I’m out of here” attitude.
  3.       Give appropriate notice.  While two weeks' notice may seem standard, the actual amount of notice preferred will vary by employer.  Offer the ability to stay as long as necessary for an effective transition and let the company react.
  4.       “It's me, not you.”  When you have the initial conversation about resignation with your boss or human resources, make sure you emphasize that your decision was made based on what is best for you, not because you weren't happy with the company.  Never make the discussion about how much you hate your job or the place you work in any way.
  5.       Tie up loose ends.  When you are on your way out, make sure that the transition is as easy as possible for those your current employer.  If someone has been hired to take your place, perhaps offer to train the person for a few days before you leave, or at least write down important notes, locations of files, and the contact information of important people to make the changeover easier for your successor.  Finish all projects, and let your clients and vendors know about the switch to avoid any confusion.

Happy spring!