Quitting Your Job: Dos & Don’ts

You’ve decided that it’s time to move on from your current position and start the next chapter of your professional life. Congratulations! But while you focus on the future and get ready for the road ahead, don’t leave a mess behind you. Here are a few moves that can help you tie up your loose ends.1. Stay until you find something better (if possible).If you must leave this minute, then by all means, go. But if possible, make sure you have a written offer in hand from your next employer before you announce your plans to leave. And when you do, tell your immediate supervisor first.2. Keep quiet.In an age of constant sharing, it may be hard to keep your news and plans to yourself, especially when they involve something as monumental as a job change. But this is not the time for sharing and public announcements.While you search for new work, stay discreet. Tell nobody in your workplace, not even your friends. Keep your social media posts focused on other subjects. Don’t make public requests for leads, open positions, and other forms of job search help. If you do, you may find yourself ushered out the door before you’re ready.3. Give notice.When you break the news to your boss, give two week’s notice. This is a professional courtesy that most employers expect, which means your future company will be happy to allow two weeks before your scheduled start date.4. Close down your projects.Once you’ve announced your plans, hand off your current projects with care. Explain every detail to the person who will take over and make sure this person understands the scheduling, budgeting, client relationships, and other mechanics that make your projects work. If you miss a detail and your projects fall apart exactly one week or one month after you leave, that will be the day your recommendations go sour.5. If you have to choose between the future and the past, choose the future.You have an interview scheduled on the day of an important meeting. So which should you choose? The interview. Slip out, take a personal day, or even claim an emergency if you have to.By the same token, if you have to leave your current company in the middle of their busiest season, cest la vie. Do what you can to leave positive memories behind, but if you need to choose between last impressions and first impressions, go with firsts.6. Check the handbook.Before you go, make sure you know exactly how much you’ll be paid for your unused leave time. And make sure you understand how your insurance will discontinue. Will you have until the end of the month to establish a new policy? Will you be eligible for COBRA? Talk to your HR department if you have questions.

During Your Transition, Your Resume Will Be Your Best Friend

Don’t draft or edit your resume on company time if you can avoid it (and while you’re at it, try not to use the printer, office phone, or other company resources during your job search). But keep in mind that on the journey ahead, a strong resume will be your most valuable tool. Visit MyPerfectResume for resources that can help you sell your credentials and put your career in motion.