When it comes to the tricky subject of leaving your current role, there is a practically infinite number of things which you shouldn’t do. Hopefully many of those are common sense, however by highlighting the key things that you should do, you should be able to keep yourself from doing many of the things that you shouldn’t.

Once you’ve decided that you will be leaving your role and have handed in your notice, there’s typically another four weeks to wait out before you leave the company for good. Getting this time right can boost your performance in your next job, keep you in a winning mindset, and help you make lasting connections.

Don’t slack

This may seem like one of the most obvious, however almost everyone struggles not to fall into this trap. During this time, it’s likely that your responsibilities and duties will wind down, and with less to do it’s easy to give off the wrong impression.

Your coworkers will remember the way you acted in your last few weeks, and if you spend this time with your feet up, then you can taint any number of years of hard work. Remember that a person’s reputation can take a long time to build, but can be destroyed in seconds.

To make sure that you are productive right until you leave, you may need to be proactive and seek out ways that you can help and contribute to the team.

By working hard through your notice period, you’ll also be able to hit the ground running in your new role, rather than straining as you get back into the swing of work.

Handovers

If you’re looking for a way to show that you’re being proactive during your last few weeks, then handover notes can be a great way to do this. Making handover notes are fairly common practice, however you can go above and beyond the bare minimum, and create helpful and comprehensive documents.

If you create something that has real value, then these will likely be used long after you’ve gone. Make sure that you add your name to the documents, so people will know that you’re the one that helped them out.

Be tactful

Are you leaving because you didn’t enjoy working at your company? Perhaps you didn’t like the work environment, you didn’t get on with your colleagues, or maybe you hated your duties.

It’s unfortunate to be leaving a job with negative feelings, however it can happen. Whether it’s the fault of the company or not, it’s important not to let a bad attitude show. It can be tempting once you know that you’re leaving, but remain respectful and keep your head held high.

Make connections

This applies whether you’re leaving to work for a competitor or changing industry all together. You only have a few weeks left in your role, so take advantage of every moment.

Make sure that your Linkedin account is filled out (hopefully it already will be), and connect with the people that you regularly interact with at work. Talk to them in person, or if you can’t, make sure that you send them a personalised message. You can also ask people to add a recommendation to your profile in exchange for providing one in return.

Professional networks are powerful tools. They can provide you with business opportunities that might not be obvious in the short term, and with our digital presence becoming more important in the recruitment process, this can also help you to secure other roles in the future.

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