Eight ways to leave your current job gracefully

So you’ve accepted a new position - great! However, we understand that leaving a job can be an awkward experience. Regardless of how you felt about your former job, you want to leave on a high. We recently took a look at some of the best ways to impress throughout the application process, offering tips to enhance your LinkedIn, CV, and impress at the interview stage. Now that you’ve landed that dream job, here’s a few tips to make sure you’re leaving your old position gracefully.

1. Don’t tell your colleagues before you’ve told your manager

You’ve just been offered an exciting new job, naturally you want to share the news with your team. But it’s not the best idea to speak with them before you’ve had the conversation with your boss; wait until you’ve had this initial chat before speaking with your team.

2. Don’t burn bridges

You have a network of colleagues around you and you never know when your paths may cross again – creating a strong lasting impression is one of the most valuable things you can do.

3. Give adequate notice

You’re not obliged to work any longer than your notice period of course, but try your best not to leave your team in the lurch. They’ll need time to find a replacement and you don’t want to make things harder than they need to be.

4. Complete a handover

When you’re moving into a new role, it's standard practice to complete a handover – try to make this as detailed and informative as possible for your replacement.

5. Remain positive

Whatever your personal feelings have been about your current job, remaining upbeat in your last few days means you’ll be able to leave on a positive note. Talk about how much you’ve learned, and try to focus on the benefits from your time with the company.

6. Get your colleagues’ contact details

You never know when you’ll need to call upon your former colleagues, and it’s great to keep in touch with your network. Offer out your personal e-mail address and make sure to connect with your colleagues on LinkedIn.

7. Finish strong

Don’t fall into the trap of getting sloppy in your last few weeks! You want to make sure your colleagues and manager are left with a great lasting impression of not only your skills, but your professionalism and work ethic.

8. Ask for a reference

If you’ve worked hard and left gracefully, you should be rewarded with a strong reference from your employer. Make sure to ask for this before you leave the role. It’s also a good idea to get them to endorse you on LinkedIn so that you can publicly showcase how wonderful you are!

At Real, we’re here to help you every step of the way on your journey towards a new job. And once we’ve managed to help you find your new role, we’ll be here to help you get ready to move on. Get in touch with our dedicated recruitment team to find out more about our consultative service.

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