You’ve put down your papers. You’re looking forward to a new job and you probably already have the new job in hand, but you have a notice period to serve. How do you go about it? Most employees tend to become complacent or reluctant to work once they have sent in their resignation letters. But that is not just unprofessional in behaviour, but also affects your chances of employment later on. Here’s what you should do to ensure that you quit your job on good terms.
- Help make the transition go well.
Meeting your supervisor or your bosses after you’ve send in the letter for resignation and assuring them that you will help make the transition smooth reflects well on your part. You can also offer to help train the person who will carry out your duties.
- Update your resume everywhere and send it out to relevant
Once you’ve hit send on the resignation letter, one of the first steps you can take is to update your resume. Many people like to do it before they resign, but in case of longer notice periods, update your resume and send it out to all relevant portals which you think can help you get your job.
- Write some recommendations.
Compose recommendations for supervisors, colleagues, and key constituents. People love receiving recommendations and it will help you get some of your own.
- Get some recommendations.
Now is the time to ask supervisors, clients, suppliers, colleagues and other key people in your office to compose recommendations while impressions are current and your leverage is still in place.
- Save work samples.
Make sure you transfer some non-proprietary work samples and documents to your personal computer, email or drive. These will be helpful in future jobs in case your new employer is looking for samples of your work.
- Remember to be humble.
It’s okay to be happy about landing your dream job, but its best kept to yourself or your circle of close work-friends. Your supervisor or employer may not resonate with your feeling of enthusiasm. You may end up alienating your soon-to-be former boss and colleagues.
- Get information on your ex-employee benefits.
Catch up with your HR team and find out information about compensations, medical insurances, severance pay (if applicable) and other forms of benefits before your employment comes to an end.
- Do not badmouth your soon-to-be-ex-employer
You may not have had the best time while working with your current employer, but it’s not mandatory to discuss the same with your new employer. You are already leaving the job for this reason. There’s no need for all and sundry to know.
- Say goodbye on a positive note and remember to thank everyone
When it’s your time of leaving, make sure you leave on a positive note and thank everyone – especially those whom you directly interact with. Holding grudges and leaving the job is not just unprofessional and juvenile in nature, but also reflects badly on your part. Keep your mind fresh and positive for your new job instead.