You’ve been working at the same fast-food franchise for the past three years while you were attending college. It doesn’t take too long after graduation for you to land a job in your desired career field.
That’s bad news for your current employer but great news for you. You’ve always hated dealing with customers and flipping burgers. You still need to keep up some level of professionalism when you put in your two weeks.
Before you quit your job, offer to train the new person and don’t boast about your new position. That’s the key to looking great in the eyes of future employers.
Professionalism isn’t the only thing that should be on your departure checklist. Keep reading to learn how to leave your job gracefully.
1. Offer to Help With the Transition Process
When you quit your job, your boss will have to set to work finding someone to replace you. Once they do, the long training process will start.
Do your employer a favor and volunteer to train the newbie. Not only does it make you look good, but it’s the right thing to do. Depending on the date of your departure, it might be hard for you to unload everything on your replacement.
Write down a list of your duties and give it to them. This will give them something that they can reference whenever they get confused.
2. Save Your Work
Once you’re off the payroll, that’s it. You’ll lose access to your work email and computer. At some point during your two-week process, take a moment to email yourself any important documents or put them on a flash drive.
You may want to grab any big projects you’ve done and add them to your portfolio. Most future employers won’t even think of hiring you unless you have these work samples.
If you have any accounts linked to your work email such as your health insurance or 401(k), update them during this step. You don’t want to lock yourself out on accident.
3. Get Your Health Insurance Sorted
If you have health insurance through your current company, it will end as soon as your two weeks are up. This can pose a problem for you if you’re in between jobs.
If something happens to you before you can find something else, you’ll have no way to pay for your treatment. First off, call your human resources department.
Some places will only cover you until you receive your last paycheck, while some will insure you for a month after you quit. You can also look into short term health insurance.
It’s a policy that will cover you while you’re looking for another job. There are many benefits of short term health insurance so, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t apply.
4. Update Your Resume and LinkedIn
If you’ve worked at your current job for several years, it’s hard to remember all the positive things you’ve done. That’s why you should be updating your resume as the years go on.
If you haven’t brushed it off in a while, go ahead and add your current job to it. Once you’ve done that, visit your LinkedIn page and upload your new resume.
Search for your co-workers and supervisors on the site and give them recommendations. Since they know you, they may give you one back, which will look good to new employers. If they don’t give you one right away, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask them to do you a favor.
5. Don’t Burn Any Bridges
There are many reasons to quit a job. You may want to branch out and find something else that’s going to challenge you. Your supervisor might get on your nerves. There’s a co-worker that makes you angry every time you have to work with them.
No matter the reason, it’s important that you don’t leave on a sour note. Don’t put in your two weeks and proceed to speak ill of a supervisor you don’t like.
The office is small. Trust us, they will find out about it, and they won’t be happy. You may think that’s not a big deal until you need someone to recommend you for a new job.
There may come a time when you decide to go back to your old career. You can’t do that if you burn a bunch of bridges. Your dignity and professionalism are more important than venting your frustrations.
If when you quit, your boss tries to work with you to get to the source of your troubles, humor them if you can. Leaving your job is a stressful and complicated process. If there’s a way for you to avoid it, we say take it.
6. Consider Your Finances
Your bills don’t stop because you decided to quit your job. You’ll still need to find a way to pay your rent until you find something else. It’s more than stressful.
You should have at least 12 months’ salary saved up before you put in your two weeks. That will give you enough breathing room to take your time with the job search process.
Be Prepared Before You Quit Your Job
The time has come for you to put in your two weeks. Before you quit your job, take the time to perform some of the duties on this list.
It will stop you from leaving on a sour note, which is helpful if you need a recommendation, or you want to return someday. If you don’t have something else lined up, preparation gets even more complicated. Don’t hurt yourself financially because you don’t like your supervisor.
If you need help saving up so you can quit comfortably, we’ve got you covered. Check out the Finance section of our blog for tips on how to budget.