How to Behave When Leaving a Job

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Leaving a job can be an exciting and somewhat frightening time. In some cases, you may not know how to handle the situation. It doesn’t matter why you’re leaving, you should handle it in a professional manner. You never know when being classy when leaving your job can work out in your favor. The last thing you want to do is leave on bad terms. Before you leave your job, consider some suggestions below.

  • Exchange email addresses with the coworkers that you want to stay in contact with in the future. You never know when this could come in handy. Send an email every once in awhile to see how they are doing. Not only can you keep an acquaintance in your life, but if you ever need a new job, you have someone to contact to see if she knows of anything available.

  • Don’t leave things in disarray. There is nothing worse for the new person, especially if he knows nothing about the position, than to come in and see things in a complete mess and out of order. Organize everything, finish up your work and help make things easier for your replacement.

  • Leave important notes for the person replacing you. Some notes about things that only you know about could be helpful to your replacement. She can reference these notes instead of having to ask other people multiple questions about doing things. You’ll help to make the transition into the new position a bit easier.

  • Don’t slack off. Just because you’re leaving doesn’t mean that you don’t have to do work, or that you can talk on the phone, or show up late and leave early. It’s still your job, still your responsibility and you’re still going to be evaluated on your performance.

Tips & Warnings

  • Leave your current contact information. Should there be any questions or problems in the future and you need to be contacted, your job won’t be able to reach you if someone doesn’t have your up-to-date information. Also, it will show that you are responsible and dependable.
  • Don’t use your leaving as an opportunity to say every negative thing that you have ever wanted to say. It is rare when someone can walk out of her job and not have one bad thing to say about her employer or about her work as a whole. Not only do you have the potential to use your boss as a reference, but it’s possible that you may be working for one of those people in the future, maybe even at another job.
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