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Tips for leaving your job on a good note.

Category: General Career Advice 

Leaving a job role can be rather stressful, especially as you will be relying on them to write you a good reference. So we have collated tips to ensure that you leave your job on a good note!

-         Know your contract.

There is nothing worse that handing in your resignation, to start your new role within the next week or so. But then discovering that you’re tied into a month leaving notice.  As soon as you start thinking about leaving your job role, have a look at the contract you signed, and ensure what you’ve committed too.

Limitations imposed by this may well extend beyond your leaving notice, which will prevent you working with competitors. Don’t face your boss at a disadvantage, where you could easily give yourself an upper hand, knowing the ins and outs of your contact.

-          Be prepared with a letter.

Whilst it is always better to sit down and discuss your resignation with your line manager in person, make sure that you also have confirmation of your resignation in writing. Not only will this outline your reasons for leaving the company, but it’s also a required document for the company. Not only that but it will also allow you to plan the conversation ahead of time.

-          Plan.

If you’re going on holiday for two weeks, leaving your resignation to the last day before you go, is probably not the best idea. So, make sure you prepare for every eventuality, such as if your line manager isn’t in; what will you do?  Know before ahead of time, who you’re happy to resign to, or if you must wait for a specific person.

If your boss is very busy, try and schedule a time or a meeting. This will demonstrate consideration and create a positive frame for the conversation.

-          Be clear in your explanation.

Be clear for your reasons, a wishy-washy half-hearted explanation isn’t going to impress anyone. You don’t have to outline why the company didn’t cut it for you, or exactly where you’re heading on too. But if you do give an explanation make sure, that your points are clear and concise. Not only will this help the company, but it will help you frame reasons for leaving.

-          Explain why you're leaving and stay respectful.

Whilst you need to clear and dispassionately explain any issues, that have motivated your leaving. Do make sure that you don’t overly criticise the company or your boss. REMEMBER that you will most likely be asking them for references in the future. Try and maintain a respectful relationship until you leave.

-          Consider part-time / freelance.

Dependant on whether you’ve got another job lined up, are leaving because of other commitments such as children, or just want a break. Consider whether you would work part-time. Once you’ve quit a job, there is no going back. If you are a writer or designer, you may also have the options to produce work on a freelance basis.