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10 things to do before quitting your job

If you have decided that things are not going too well at your current job, and that you want to quit, it will help to make sure that exit goes as smoothly as possible, and that you leave on an elegant note. Here are some things you should think of before you quit, and while you are in the process of quitting.
  1. Talk to your boss: If things aren’t suitable for you in your current job, try talking to your boss first to see if anything can be done about it. If she doesn’t know that you aren’t happy, she cannot help, can she? See if any change can be made to the current situation. Remember, the grass always seems to be greener on the other side, and so you first need to ascertain that the grass is truly not green any longer on your side of the fence, before you think of making the jump.
  2. Consider internal options: Sometimes, there are quite a few opportunities for change within the company. Very few people consider changing within the organization. Talk to your colleagues in different departments, or make appointments with heads of other divisions, and talk to them. You might be surprised to find a great opportunity lurking somewhere right inside your own company.
  3. Keep your job search discreet. If you decide to go ahead and look for another job anyway, then you should know how to keep your job search a secret from your current employers.
  4. Don’t quit until you are sure that the other job offer is official. There are times when you might have to quit suddenly, without the luxury of another job waiting for you. But as far as you can help it, make sure that you do have a job on hand before you quit your current job. Preferably, ensure that you have the official letter, from your new employer, and not just verbal assurances. Only then, hand in your resignation.
  5. Give plenty of notice before you quit. Even if it is not in the contract, you have an obligation to finish your work, and tie up the threads before you leave. It will also give a chance for your current employers to hire a replacement. This should not be a problem with your new employer if you explain that you need to finish your work before quitting. It might work in your favour if they see that you are loyal, and sincere about your work. Also, if possible, get in a week or two between the time you quit and the day you start your new job – go on a vacation or just relax, clear your mind and then start the next job invigorated.
  6. Don’t get lured by counter-offers: There is going to be an exit interview, and you might be enticed with offers of a higher salary and more responsibility, but these offers are usually not followed upon. Also, if you choose to stay after this, you will always be the guy who wanted to leave, and that might not be a very good thing for your career.
  7. Train your replacement: If a replacement has been hired before you leave, you owe it to yourself and the company to enable a smooth transition. Use a little of your time to make sure she understands what you are leaving behind. You don’t want her to curse you behind your back after you leave, about what a mess you left for her to clear.
  8. Be honest, but nice, in the exit interview. The exit interview is the perfect place for employers to see what can be improved in the organization, and you have to be honest and truthful about your experiences. But even if you are leaving on a bitter note, try and temper the tone of your negative feedback. It can be tempting to lash out and vent your frustrations, but that will only belittle you, and you want to exit as gracefully as you can, don’t you?
  9. Settle old conflicts. You might have old enemies or rivals who you want to pull down a notch or two before you leave. But what good will this show of ego do to you, except a temporary feeling of victory? Leave on a good note – if possible, iron wrinkles in relationships before you leave, through a nice note, or a friendly word. That way, you might gain allies for the development of your future career!
  10. Keep in touch with colleagues: Before you leave, ensure that you have all the contact details of your friends and colleagues throughout the organization. Keep in touch with them through phone, mail or social networks, and make sure that they are aware of your progress over the years. They can turn out to be valuable contacts sometime in the future.
Leaving a place where you’ve invested so much of your life is never easy. But it can be smoothened a bit if you follow these tips!

[Quelle/Source (Link): The Resume Factor Blog]