How to Leave a Job with Grace and Tact

With a new year comes new opportunities to grow and learn, which may include starting a new job. Landed a new job for 2016? Congrats! Leaving a job for a new one is never easy, but making sure that you leave a great impression behind with your former employer is super important. 

Leave your current job with grace and tact by following these three easy steps! 

Always, always give proper notice.

Make a point to communicate to your new employer that you are currently employed and will need to make the proper arrangements when accepting a new offer. Personally, I recommend speaking with your direct supervisor to give them notice of giving your notice before your letter is turned in. That way, there are no surprises and you've been clear in communicating your timeline for departure. In some cases your current employer may ask for more than two weeks notice, depending your role and staffing needs. With proper communication and understanding, you should be able to come to an agreement for an exit strategy that works for both your current and soon-to-be employer. 

Set your employer up for success. 

In the case that your role isn't filled before your departure, take the necessary steps to ensure that you don't leave your former employer high and dry after your last day. For example, let's say that you're a social media manager: putting together a comprehensive list of social media accounts and passwords, key social influencer contacts, outstanding projects and tips for social media management would be wonderful assets to leave behind at your desk. Taking the extra step to set your company up for success after your exit will leave them feeling confident and empowered! 

Don't be a ghost.

Unless you're leaving your job on bad terms, it's always great to send a group email on your last day thanking your team for all that they do and providing a non-work email address and/or phone number to reach you at in the future. You never know when a former colleague may want to connect, or what future opportunities may arise by keeping in touch. Don't ghost! 

What are your top tips for leaving a job with grace and tact? Leave them in the comments below or tweet me at @HeyWorkingGirl!

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