With the economy humming along and unemployment very low, the job market has never been better. As a result, many people are looking around to see what other opportunities are out there. If you are one of those people, and have accepted a job offer, the next step is to quit the job you have now.
This is always a stressful undertaking, especially if you have a supervisor who may not take it well. Here are a few tips on how best to handle it.
1. Take care of all your personal information
If you are using your devices at work to store career-related information, your first step should be to transfer the information to your personal computer. This may include things like contacts, resume drafts, references, and the like.
Don’t assume you will be able to gather this data after you give notice. Some companies have a practice of booting people out of the building as soon as they give notice, and if that happens, you may not be able to retrieve the information.
2. Give notice
You need to give at least two weeks’ notice. Beyond showing your professionalism, it also shows consideration for the people you work with. You don’t want to leave your colleagues, clients, or subordinates in the lurch by suddenly disappearing. You will have a lot of unhappy people, workers who will be mad at you for the shoddy way you treated them.
Don’t burn your bridges or your reputation.
3. Resign in person, but also write a letter
If you quit, you need to tell your supervisor face to face. That is the professional thing to do. But you should also write a letter of resignation to lay out the details of your leaving, such as when your last day will be, how you will handle the transition and tie up loose ends, and expressing your appreciation for the opportunity to work at the company. This will help prevent any misunderstandings.
4. Update your job search materials
You might think it an odd time to update your resume and social media profiles just after getting a new job, but actually it is the best time to do it. If you continually put off this task, you may end up years down the road struggling to put together your past accomplishments and other supporting material.
In fact, it is always a good idea to update your resume immediately after any career accomplishment.