Many employers request an advance notice with a resignation. After you’ve informed your employer of your plans, maintain professional behavior such as arriving and leaving work on time. You’re still being paid by your employer and you’re expected to uphold your part of the bargain. When you take shortcuts, you look unprofessional. It may also come back to bite you if you need help from the employer in the future. For instance, your supervisor may be less likely to offer a positive review when you need a referral, and any potential future opportunities together may be slimmer.
When you quit your job, it usually means the employer will have to find a replacement for you — someone who will take over your responsibilities and uncompleted projects. To ease the process, “leave thorough documentation of how you do your job, contacts, passwords, and so forth,” says “U.S. News & World Report.” If your replacement is already known and available, offer to train her. For instance, detail particular processes required, deadlines coming up and followup needed on projects you leave unfinished. You don’t want to leave a mess for the person taking over for you. This will also eliminate the chance of your employer or coworkers calling on you after you’ve left the job to clarify unfinished business.
Exit interviews are commonly used by employers to help them understand why you’re leaving and what kind of experience you had as an employee. It’s important to be honest, but also judicious. According to “Good Housekeeping” magazine, “Sounding off about everything that’s wrong with the company” is risky. You do not know if your feedback will remain confidential, which puts you at risk of burning bridges with specific contacts you may need later on. The best thing to do is discuss your positive experiences and also point out things you feel could be improved. For instance, you may want to say that the company’s professional development workshops have helped improve skills needed on the job, but add that you feel performance reviews were incomplete because they didn’t include feedback from people you worked with directly.
Keep communication open with people at your workplace and with clients, vendors and other contacts you have made on the job. This can be as simple as sending an email from your personal address to notify them of your departure. This type of communication can help bring closure on a positive note, and it leaves the door open for “innumerable unseen opportunities that will likely present themselves over the next 10, 20, or 30 years,” according to a “Harvard Business Review” article on how to quit a job.