How Not to Burn Bridges When Changing Jobs

If you’ve made the decision to leave your job, it’s important to resign with grace so you don’t burn any bridges. By doing so, you can move forward with your career and still have a good relationship with the managers and co-workers you’ve gotten to know and worked with over the years. 

You may need their assistance at some point in time if you need a reference or are in search of another opportunity so it’s a good idea to quit properly. Here are some tips that can help you leave your job without burning any bridges.

1. Give a Two Weeks Notice

While it may be tempting to leave your job as soon as possible, giving a two weeks notice positions you in a positive light. Your employer may need two weeks to ensure you finish some projects you’ve already started, educate them on where you left off, and/or train other employees to perform your work once you leave.

2. Document Your Job

Regardless of whether or not your employer replaces you, it’s essential to document your job. This involves writing down all of the passwords for anything you control, the statuses of your projects, your procedures, and client contact information. Documentation can make the transition a lot easier for your employer and a new employee.

3. Keep a Positive Attitude

Even if you can’t wait to leave your job and are quitting because you no longer care for your employer or position, keep a positive attitude. Refrain from bashing your employer, co-workers, and managers and continue to perform your job as you would if you weren’t leaving. A negative attitude could come back to haunt you.

4. Connect with Your Co-Workers

It’s a good idea to keep a professional relationship with your co-workers. Before you leave, connect with them on LinkedIn and ask for their contact information. You never know when they may be able to help you out in your professional life.

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About the Author

Christopher Connolly has been involved with the information technology and staffing field for over 20 years. He has worked for some of the largest staffing firms as well as smaller, niche firms before starting New England Staffing in 2017.  He can be contacted at (toll free) (833) 337.1614

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