7 Things You Should Do Before You Ditch Your Old Job
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7 Things You Should Do Before You Ditch Your Old Job

Planning ahead of your departure will allow you to leave on good terms with your employer. Though other people may not find a graceful exit necessary, you will find it beneficial especially when you need a good reference from your former boss in the future.

Do you want to quit your job right? Review this list before you bid your farewell.

1. Consume your benefits.

If you still have unused medical benefits, now is the right time to consume them. Arrange for health checkups and dentist appointments while they are still under your company’s health insurance. Just don’t book them all at once, especially if you don’t want to leave sooner than expected.

2. Save work samples.

Transfer non-proprietary documents and examples of your work to your personal e-mail and add them to your working portfolio. Your boss might reduce your access once you inform them of your resignation. Move them gradually before it happens.

3. Secure a copy of your contacts.

Keep a copy of your contacts before you surrender your company phone and computer. They are always useful when you run out of career prospects.

4. Provide as much notice as possible.

Give your soon-to-be-former boss time to prepare, find, and train your replacement, especially if you’re currently holding a vital position or a special project. Two weeks’ notice is standard, but be sure to review your company handbook for any special policy.

5. Make things easy for your successor.

Organize and prepare for whoever is going to replace you. Take good meeting notes, name your files in an easy-to-understand manner, and delete your personal files. If possible, offer to help select and train your replacement.

6. Have a plan.

Job resignation is a major life decision especially if you have dependents. If your job is your only source of income, assess your alternatives and explore your options first. Check your unemployment benefits and compute how much you’ll receive. Likewise, figure out how long your savings will last if you’ll be jobless for a while.

7. Be nice and polite.

Never badmouth your boss and the management. You’ll never know when your potential employers will inquire on your job performance. During your exit interview, don’t offer too much detail. It is enough to say that your new job is more in line with your career goals. If you receive a counter offer, be gracious if you’re going to decline it.

Once you’re done with the list, visit us at www.resumevalley(dot)com or call 1 (877) 780-7377. We’ll help you revamp your old resume template.

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