4 clues on how to leave your job in style

Leaving in style is the best way to start your next job

Leaving in style is the best way to start your next job

“I hereby inform you that I will be resigning my position at…”. An employee is leaving the company. A few decades ago this would be brutal, like a wrecked marriage.

Today, however, few employments are for life. Instead, employers and employees are partners, helping each other to reach the next level. At certain point, it is only natural that you would want to grab that next opportunity.

In 2014, quitting your job is a natural part of how business works.

Don’t get me wrong: I’m not happy to see that our ways are parting. It’s sad, but I’m also proud that your years at our company has left you with the skills and know-how that qualified you for your next mission.

I know you will go on to make other companies great or even start your own some day. Nothing will make me prouder than seeing Iterate alumni as industry leaders in the future.

In the meantime, remember that it’s important to leave with style. Think of the notice period, whether it is two weeks or three months, as your final show.

Here’s how you do it:

Put in an extra effort. Nobody will be surprised if you find it a little harder to keep motivated. If, on the other hand, you use this time to go the extra mile, you will surprise and impress. Is there a better way to be remembered?

Say “we” – and mean “us”. Don’t say “you guys” when you talk about our company. There will be no doubt that your mind has already moved to your next job. Instead, talk about “us”. We will consider you a part of the team until your final day.

Be super social. Take part in everything that happens. Instead of going into hiding, double down on the social side. Friday beers and office parties, you are there, showing us that you really don’t look forwards to leaving this nice crowd. We want you to be there!

Stay in touch. If you hadn’t before, add everyone as connections on LinkedIn and maybe friends on Facebook. Ask for private email addresses, and remember to send a farewell email with your new contact information. As you quit, good colleagues turn into friends and business connections. We should be an important part of your network.

Follow this advice, and you will be remembered as a great employee. Professional, social and loyal to the last. I know our paths will cross again – until then I wish you the best of luck.

1 Comment

  1. I agree. But I feel that you omit something. To me, already the beginning is wrong. Even in these times I expreience “I hereby inform you that I will be resigning …” as brutal and inconsiderate. When my boss informs me that this and that person will be leaving in three months, I feel betrayed and neglected. Not because she is leaving, but because she did not care to tell me/us directly. When I am leaving a company or a customer where I’ve been for a while, I prefer to write a personal letter to my co-workers and friends to share my sadness regarding our imminent departure, my happiness thanks to all the good things that happened in their company, and my hopes for the future. After all, we are non anonymous, replacable working units placed only by chance into the same factory hall, we are more like the Fellowship of the Ring, trying to achieve something together. (Admittedly, not everybody is as lucky as me, having a meaningful job I enjoy and do not perform just to earn my living.) Actually, if I get this indirect message through my boss, I translate it into a personal letter; it reads “Screw you, loosers! I am finally leaving for greener pastures and hope to never see you again!” (The only exception here are Finns; they are entitled to not-communicating ;-))

    I also feel it appropriate to inform my colleagues about the fact that I want to find a different job as soon as possible, if I can trust the company enough (which I can). In my previous job, I let everybody know I am going abroad well before I started seeking job there.

    To sum it up: be humane.

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