Article written by Angela Hydes, Marketing and Content Contributor. Follow us at @TALGroup.
If you’ve been lucky enough to land an exciting new opportunity, congratulations! You must be feeling both eager and nervous about embarking on your new professional journey.
That being said, your excitement for your new role should never cloud your ability to focus on leaving your current position in the best, most classy way possible. As you prepare to transition, make sure that you also follow the steps below prior to leaving your current company:
Properly Training and/or Preparing Your Replacement
If your company has hired a candidate to replace you, invest the effort to adequately train them for the role. Don’t be lazy and cut corners , you are better than that. Answer whatever questions they may have and be patient.
If your organization hasn’t hired anyone yet, we recommend creating an e- folder that contains all your job’s necessary materials. Make sure the files are clearly labelled, modifiable and easy to access after your absence. That way, when your replacement does arrive they can hit the ground running and are equipped with the content they need.
Give 2 Weeks Notice
At the bare minimum, you should give your manager two weeks notice. For more senior roles, even higher notice is recommended (ie. senior managers are recommended to give up to six weeks notice).
This is a kind courtesy to your co-workers, who will need to sort out the impact of your absence. If you give less than two weeks, your team will be left scrambling to assign your duties to someone else who may not qualified for the job.
Work Hard To the Last Minute
Far too many employees slack off once they give their notice. Their attitude is that they no longer have anything left to lose, and that their poor performance will go unpunished. Such employees forget that the business world is small and interconnected.
If you stop working hard during your last two weeks on the job, you leave your boss with a poor impression and it is likely that he or she may know others in your network. Do you really want to risk breaking future bridges?
Show Some Class
Some employees, towards the end of their career with a company, decide to lose their filter. They speak truths that are damaging to their reputation – either about their own performance or fellow co-workers – that cannot be taken back.
Returning back to the point above, remember that the business community is a small one. You don’t want to earn a reputation for being a gossip, poor worker or liar. Go out with some class, people.
If you would like to discuss next steps in your career path, don’t hesitate to reach out. One of our recruitment experts would be happy to review your resume and discuss options, your expectations and professional goals. Call us at (416) 599 1825 or e-mail us here