Let’s just admit it, nothing makes us feel quite as free (or as good in some cases) as submitting a letter of resignation and leaving on your own terms. Notice I did not say quitting a job. There is a difference between resigning and quitting.
Here are a couple of quick tips for leaving the right way.
Know the difference between resigning and quitting
While it may be tempting to strike a match and toss it over your shoulder, don’t do it. Leaving a position or a company does not give you license to damage your reputation or jeopardize benefits that you may you be able to keep. Read your employee handbook (remember the one you shoved in a drawer on your first day) and understand your employer’s expectations BEFORE you submit that letter of resignation.
Have an executable exit strategy
Don’t make your manager beg you for an exit plan. Be proactive and put one together. What work is in progress and high priority and how do you plan to transition that work and those relationships to others? Your colleagues will thank you!
Don’t leave your network behind
Remember what I said about your reputation? When you a leave, your reputation goes with you. Leverage that reputation to maintain meaningful connections with colleagues that you worked with. Send out a farewell email and include your personal email address and LinkedIn URL.
Don’t forget your personal files
It is not shocking that we work on personal things during the course of our workday. Make sure you remove any personal correspondence or files that you have saved before your last day. More importantly, take the time to collect commendations and other items that should be a part of your professional portfolio and save those work samples to a personal drive.
Trying to establish meaningful connections with people during face to face networking sessions can be uncomfortable but online networking seems to be even more perplexing and angst-inspiring. Leveraging platforms like LinkedIn to build a network leaves many confused and results in people giving up.
Take a step back and think about the opportunity online networking provides. Shopping in the digital age has made products and services that we never knew were available accessible. Using the internet to connect with people can provide the same benefit. Due to distance or a number of other reasons, everyone is not available to you for a face to face meeting.
Joining groups on LinkedIn and other platforms allow you to tap into perspectives from people across the globe. Building networking strategies that work for today’s environment is important and demonstrates your ability to evolve and adapt to a changing world.
Mentioning networking seems to set the fear of God in most people. I have talked to many people who describe networking as “uncomfortable” and “awkward”. Statements like “I hate schmoozing” are indicators that people are approaching networking from a very inauthentic place.
I like this Fast Company article about leveraging emotional intelligence when you network because it provides some pretty accessible tips for navigating crowds. As you read through the article, remember, authenticity is the key to building and maintaining a network.
No need to add humor here, these stories from recruiters are terrible and funny all at the same time. You may know that you would never make one of these mistakes but are you sure you are not submitting a throwaway cover letter?
Here’s a quick cover letter rule. Not submitting one is an epic no-no. You are skipping an opportunity to tell companies a bit more about yourself (such as why you want this job) in a narrative format.
Your current cover letter may not be perfect or as clever as you like, but it is a chance to answer some relevant questions and provide information, not on your resume.
Need help developing a cover letter, contact me for assistance.
“Every day is a fresh start” is a very simple idea that is much harder to embrace and actually act on. While every day is not a “throw the match and walk away” opportunity, the new day does provide an opportunity to reset and restart. But how?
You can start by making a plan. Don’t plan out your entire life but focus on the next two weeks. Set some SMART goals related to a larger career goal that helps you to build some momentum and excitement.
Check out a few of these “oldies but goodies” for a few suggestions about getting a fresh start in your life.
Let 2018 be the End of “New Year, New Me”
What November 9, 2016, Taught Me about Change
How You Can Give Your Career a Fresh Start