The idea of quitting your job makes may make you nervous. When you leave your first employer, you are bound to feel terrified— but quickly learn that it was OK to make the move because you were working to make your life better. In the end, that’s the most important thing.
Here are things to remember when you decide it’s time to leave.
Do you have a good reason for leaving? Do you have another job lined up — or are you planning to take charge of your life with a fresh start? Whatever your reason may be, make sure you know it. While it really isn’t anyone’s business, it will be a helpful bit of information to have when giving your boss your notice. Having your story straight will make the conversation easier. Even if your boss is completely blindsided and shocked by your departure, once he/she adjusts to the news it could make it easier to transition out of the company while leaving the door open for other opportunities down the road. Remember, you don’t owe anyone anything — but being honest with your boss and finding a good balance could work in your favor in the future.When giving notice to your manager, a face-to-face conversation is ideal.
2. Give an appropriate Notice.
Professionally, giving two weeks is the standard but there may be circumstances where you are able to stay a bit longer or need to leave sooner — and that’s okay. Nine times out of ten, employees are looking to leave a position on good terms. If you can give a month to ease the transition, consider it but don’t feel like it’s a necessity. Depending on where you work and who you report to, the outcome will be different. Sometimes employers, though sad to see you go, are gracious and happy that you are embarking on a new journey. Other times, they’re annoyed that they will have to fill your spot. No matter what the situation, as long as you’ve given the most amount of time you are able, you can leave your position with a clear conscious.
3. Solidify your references.
You probably had certain coworkers that fostered your growth during your time with the company. You also must have worked with many people along the way, but only a close few made a lasting impact enough to shape your career. These are the people you want to touch base with and ask for a reference. Who knows where you’ll be in five years — and having that recommendation on the backburner could come in handy.
4. Update your resume.
At this point, people probably know you’re leaving. Now’s the time to turn your focus toward what is coming. Update your online Profile to show that you’re moving on, and add information about your next position. If you’re quitting without another immediate position lined up, make changes how you see fit. It might not seem it, but it is important to close the chapter on your old job. Make necessary changes to your resume so things are up-to-date.
5. Take care of all paperwork sooner rather than later.
If you need to make an appointment with your boss or HR rep, make sure to ask for that as soon as possible. Leaving a job often comes with paperwork that needs your attention and could even include a payout of unused vacation days or sick time. You won’t know until you ask, and you should make it a priority to have that taken care of right away. Obviously, leaving a job is overwhelming and sometimes the anxiety of quitting might make you forget things as simple as when to expect your last paycheck or how long your benefits last.
6. Remember why you’re leaving in the first place.
There was obviously a reason why you applied for a new position or are simply leaving the company. Leaving your job and coworkers you love will be daunting and maybe even sad. You might have disoriented feelings but do not let it dissuade you. Though we sometimes forget it, change is good. When you start in your new role, you might find exactly what you’ve been looking for this whole time — and you’ll remember why you made the change. Don’t lose sight of your goal and remember that, in the long run, it’s about the journey.