If leaving for a better opportunity, moving to a new position can be an exciting time and most likely most of your focus but don’t forget to put as much effort into your departure as you do into your new opportunity. A few quick tips on making a professional exit:
- Don’t burn any bridges. You might be surprised to find some of your old co-workers or managers moving over to the same company as you.
- Handle exit interviews with tact. Be honest but this isn’t a time to unload.
- Finish projects and wrap up any loose ends. Don’t leave a project dangling upon your departure for someone else to complete. That is the last thing a co-worker might remember about you.
- Keep the details of your departure to a minimum. Leave your contact information with colleagues you might want to keep in touch but discuss your new position off company time.
- Leave things organized and cleaned out for your replacement. Think of how you are hoping to walk into your new position and keep this in mind with how you leave things for your replacement.
(originally posted 5/10)