So, you’ve just accepted your next role. Many congratulations! But, how do you negotiate the obstacles of leaving professionally and with your reputation intact.
We’ve put together some simple steps for you to follow so that the process is as smooth and painless as possible and you can make the best of it:
1. DON’T resign until you have formally accepted, signed, agreed terms, contract, package, start date etc. with your new employer.
2. Plan your handover. Tie up all the loose ends and construct a clear path for transition including detailed plans for any unfinished projects and how these can be managed until your replacement is found.
3. The letter. This is not an opportunity to rant, but should be a chance to thank your employer and read more like a thank you note. So that everyone knows where they stand, it’s a good idea to include the date of your last day on the job.
4. You obviously have a good reason to be leaving, so be clear about your “story” and tell your manager first. This gives both you and your manager a chance to handle any counter offers or further negotiation before it goes public.
5. Keep it positive when explaining your exit to your colleagues.