Making a Graceful Exit
If you're leaving a truly horrendous job, you may be tempted
to make a dramatic exit. Don't give into temptation; instead,
be smarter and make an effort to leave on good terms. After
all, you never know when you may need a reference for another
position or find yourself working with a former co-worker
or manager. Moreover, it's a nice parting gift to be told
that the door is always open, should you choose to return.
Follow these departure tips to keep things on friendly terms.
After all, the door swings both ways.
- Review your benefits and hiring paperwork so you know
what you're entitled to. More than one company has mistakenly--or
intentionally--slighted a departing employee.
- Leave your work in order, with as much completed as
possible. Though you may be tempted to slack off, remember
that you're still on the company payroll. Leaving an empty
in-box is a sign of your responsibility and a show of courtesy
towards your replacement.
Give a reasonable amount of notice; two weeks is standard.
Your company's policies may differ and require that you
be "walked" the same day; be prepared for this eventuality
by clearing your files of all personal items beforehand.
- Offer to answer questions when your replacement is
hired. This is a goodwill gesture that most bosses will
- Be tactful about your reasons for leaving. Maybe
you hated the whole office and all your co-workers, but
you needn't be that honest. A simple "I was offered
a great opportunity I couldn't pass up" will suffice.
- Know beforehand if your resignation is negotiable.
Be ready to receive a counteroffer from your company. If
your decision is purely monetary, you may be willing to
stay. But if there's more involved--work environment, responsibility,
etc.--know what your requirements are for sticking around.
And if your decision is non-negotiable, make that clear