It’s time! After debating this decision over and over again, you’re finally ready to quit your job to pursue your dreams of becoming an entrepreneur!
While you may be tempted to just walk out the door of your current job, it’s probably not the best idea. Regardless of what you’re up to next, there is always a right way and a wrong way to leave your job. And no matter how you feel, you should always try to leave the right way. Here is a checklist for when that day comes:
1. Tell Your Boss First
When you’re ready to move on to your next gig, you probably want to tell anyone who is willing to listen. Don’t do that. When the time comes, tell your boss first before you tell anyone else. It’s the professional and courteous thing to do. As a boss, there’s nothing worse than hearing that one of your direct reports is leaving…from someone else. Once you do that, feel free to tell anyone you want!
2. Tell Your Boss…In Person
When you do tell your boss, make sure you do it in person. Not through email or over the phone. Again, it’s the professional thing to do… as long as you work in the same office. If you don’t, you should do it over the phone if possible. If not, email should be your last resort.
3. Give Enough Notice
The majority of managers will be happy for you when you decide to move on, as long as you give notice. You are not obligated to give any notice but if you have any respect for the people you work for, it’s the polite thing to do. While you’re moving on, they will still be there and your absence will surely throw a wrench into things for some period of time. Give at least two weeks notice if possible.
4. Finish Up Your Projects
Even after you’ve given your notice, finish up your projects to the best of your ability. You never know when you might work with these people again. You don’t want their last impression of you to be a half finished project that you abruptly left.
5. Be Truthful But Be Nice
Sometimes, companies will ask you for an exit interview. While it’s important to be truthful, it’s just as important to screen yourself. Some things just don’t need to be said. You don’t want to burn any bridges.
6. Stay In Contact
Lastly, gather everyone’s contact information and stay in touch with them. In business, the most important asset you have is your network. Grow it as much as possible.