Are you thinking of making a career change? Maybe you don’t derive any job satisfaction from your work anymore. Or maybe you don’t see eye-to-eye with your boss. Or maybe your life has changed and you want more work-life balance.
For whatever reason, you should keep the following guidelines in mind before you hand in that resignation letter. This is how you can make your exit a graceful one.
Maintain your enthusiasm. When there’s a dissatisfaction factor that’s prompting you to consider leaving, you may lose enthusiasm for your job. Don’t allow this to happen to you. Whatever situation comes up, you should do your job well. Keep working with the same passion as you did when you showed up on your first day. Continue coming to work on time, and working overtime when necessary.
Don’t be a workplace cancer. No matter what makes you feel discontented, don’t try to influence your coworkers to see things the way you do, or try to solicit sympathy from others. This sort of behavior disrupts team spirit, which in turn affects productivity. And when bad feelings spread throughout the office, it’s easy to trace it all back to you. This could damage your reputation. Remember, your complaints are yours alone. Don’t try to make them everyone else’s.
Be professional. It’s likely that your future employer is a competitor of your current company. Respect the confidentiality of your present employer’s secrets. Also, don’t let the clients you service know about your intention to leave. They are your company’s clients, not yours. Tell them only after you’ve finalized your plan to take up a new job. No matter what the industry, all jobs demand the same degree of professionalism.
Keep quiet. It’s human nature to want to “talk out” your grievances, especially when they’re disturbing you badly. If you really want to speak out, share your thoughts only with one or two close officemates you can trust. If you tell too many people how you feel, word could spread fast.
Don’t get unrealistic. A possible alternative to quitting is going to your boss and telling him, “I’ll stay if…” No matter what follows that “if,” no boss wants to hear this sort of thing from a subordinate. It’s like saying, “Give me what I want or I’m quitting.” You may not get what you want, and you lose whatever respect your boss had for you.
To conclude, when you go through the process of changing jobs, you have to be sure to keep your good name intact. No matter what rewards await you at your new company, it’s unwise to leave behind a damaged reputation.
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