Are you frustrated with your current job or boss and ready to make a change? It is important that you are strategic when you are leaving your job, so that you can be positioned to move your career forward. Too often, people make the decision to leave an organization without putting a proper plan in place. Here are five things to consider before you turn in your notice.
- Assess Your Finances
Plan ahead and build up your nest egg. Money is one of the biggest motivators that will push you back to your old job, or into a new job that you don’t like. There may also be a gap in between companies pay cycles and you don’t want to get caught short on cash. Companies often check credit and you do not want to have late pays or delinquencies. Your savings will also allow you to take the time that is needed to find the best match for your career, rather than settling for something else because you need to pay the bills.
- Establish a relationship with a “Career Agent”
Just because you are currently employed, doesn’t mean that you can’t have a relationship with a Recruiter (Career Agent). You want to have a career agent just like an all-star athlete wants a sports agent. You want someone who can represent your best interests and has a pulse on the market. A good Recruiter will keep you posted on opportunities that will match what you are looking for and if the timing is right for you, you should explore the position and if not, let the Recruiter know that the timing is just not right.
- Fly under the radar
As tempting as it might be to tell your friends at work, don’t mention the fact that you are looking for a new job. The information could be accidentally or intentionally leaked to management, which might result in a situation where you then must make a move or you may end up burning bridges or ruining relationships. Stay quiet about your job search!
- Resignation / Transition
You will need to provide your boss with a letter stating the reason that you are leaving, how you plan to transition your work and your last date of employment. It is possible that someone might call your former employer for a reference at some point in time, and the way you resign and transition your work can have an impact on the impression that you leave with your boss and the company.
- Plan how to leave on a positive note
Work diligently through your last day. Make sure that you have everything organized for the team member(s) taking over your workload. You will have an easier time maintaining relationships and cultivating goodwill by working hard to make the transition easier for your coworkers and management.