Regardless of why you are leaving your current job – for pursuing another opportunity, going back to school, or even if you are being laid off – it is important that you do not burn bridges with your current employer and coworkers.
You never know when you might need to use someone as a reference, and who knows, you may even have to work with some of them again someday! The following tips can help you prevent burning bridges with your current employer.
Give Proper Notice:
In most fields, it is acceptable to give a two week notice to your employer before you resign. Write a resignation letter to give to your boss, keeping it brief and to the point. State the position you are resigning from, when your last day will be, and be sure to thank the employer for the opportunities they have given you.
It can be tempting to slack off when you have one foot out the door, but you should treat your job as seriously as you did from day one so you leave on a positive note. Tie up loose ends by finishing the projects you have started, and keep your boss and coworkers updated on where you ended with assignments they will now be taking over.
Say Thank You and Keep in Touch:
Send a quick email to your coworkers before you leave to thank them for the support they have provided throughout your tenure. Exchange contact information with friends, coworkers, and mentors that you would like to keep in your professional network. Connecting through LinkedIn is also a great way to keep in touch.
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