“Once you’re gone, continue to say positive things about your employer and former colleagues. You may want to vent and feel the need to justify to others why this decision is a good one for you, but don’t. Word gets out, and airing your grievances will come back like a game of telephone, and will probably be much worse than what you originally said” – Nicole Williams

Once you make up your mind to leave your job, think of all you need to do before you leave and if possible make a checklist. I usually find checklists very useful. Committing things to memory at this point can be a lot to handle.

Telling your Boss is very important; you do not want someone else to give him or her ‘breaking news’. Once you tell your Boss, have a copy of your resignation letter in hand. Let your reason be professional. Do not ascribe it to a bad boss, company incident or any reason that may dent the image of another person.
Tell your workmates, it is best that you do not keep your resignation a secret.

Complete all records with Human Resource or Administration unit. Attend an Exit Interview if one is scheduled, deliver your points professionally.

Make your exit more professional by following these tips:

Give Adequate Notice
Follow the required period of notice as stipulated in your organisation’s Handbook. Your organisation may need to find a replacement for you and even if they do not need to, your leaving may require some adjustments. You do not want your organisation to feel that you ‘abandoned’ your job. It may leave a bad impression of you.

Prepare Your Handover

Make it easy for whoever takes on your job role. Write a detailed handover note, include names of persons, mobile numbers, list what has been done and what is yet to be completed. If you have a key role and your replacement has been identified, consider physically handing over, introduce him or her to key customers and provide all that would help your replacement settle down faster.

Maintain Status Quo
Until your last day of work, do your work as diligently as you would. It is best not to change your attitude or your zeal for the work. Dress properly, arrive at work at normal resumption time.

Express Your Appreciation

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As you either write or tell your colleagues or customers of your departure , let them know you will miss them, share lessons or experiences you have gained through your interactions with them. No matter the circumstance, make sure you are able to sustain the relationships you have. I was once told by a senior colleague that it is the best time to ask for recommendations for Linkedin, I learnt that too late though. If a party or get together is organised on your behalf, attend and make everyone comfortable.

Stay Positive

Do not burn your bridges. Never say never. As much as they sound like clichés, do stay positive. So far, I remember meeting two past Chief Executives of my former organisation. The meeting was cordial, we chatted and moved on. You never know who you would need or who would recommend you to another prospective employer or client. No matter how you may be feeling about issues or the grievances you have, do not say or do anything that you would regret later. Your Boss may choose to make life difficult for you once you tender your resignation, keep cool. Leave the organisation on a high note!

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