If the time has come to move on from your first job, it’s important to leave well as you head towards your next opportunity. Professional connections and references are worth their weight in gold. So how do you leave a job without burning bridges? Let’s hear what our hiring experts have to say!
Use Your Last Weeks Well
Rachel, Hiring Expert at Eaton, shares, “When resigning from employment a minimum of a two-week notice is the standard unless there are extenuating circumstances. During that time it is usually greatly appreciated by your co-workers to have closed out as many open projects as possible. Try to work with someone on a transition plan so that one of your coworkers isn’t randomly assigned to fill in for you without having any idea of what the status of your role was prior to your departure. If you are in a leadership position (i.e. you are a manager of people) 30 days notice is usually the norm. This allows for a solid transition plan to be put into place and the aforementioned actions completed.” More from Rachel
Dawn, Hiring Expert at Daikin, says, “I encourage you to thank your supervisor for the opportunity to have worked for him or her and ask how you can best support them as you make your exit. Let them know that you want to make a smooth exit and hope to continue the professional relationship once you leave. I would simply ask what you can prepare to make the transition as seamless as possible. You cannot control how your boss reacts to your resignation, but you can control the lasting impression by offering an honest effort to make the transition as painless as possible.” More from Dawn
Communicate Through The Transition
Carrie, Hiring Expert at AT&T Inc., offers, “I would consider your position, the work you do and the company you work for. Ultimately, employers are going to feel better (albeit sad) about any good employees’ departure if they've been assured the smoothest transition possible. An employee moving on is a reality all organizations face, and when handled appropriately there shouldn't be any hard feelings or burnt bridges.
“When the time comes, if you have some flexibility, I would recommend talking with your current employer and asking her what length of notice she would be comfortable with – you can always negotiate this piece if she’s seeking more than you are able to provide. Once you know the timeline, then you can work with her to prioritize what you should focus on prior to your departure. All good steps to ensure both you and your leadership are comfortable when your last day arrives.” More from Carrie
We know this can all feel awkward, but we’ll leave you with this perspective from Jillian, Hiring Expert at DuPont. She reminds us, “Anything you can do to make the transition of your resignation a little bit easier on your current company is a nice way to leave on a positive note. Most likely this isn’t your boss’s first job so they too were in your shoes at one point. I’m sure they will be sad to see you go but understanding that you can’t be there forever.” More from Jillian
Moving on from your company in a way that sets it up for success builds your reputation and is a great show of character. You won’t regret investing your time in leaving well!