Moving On to New Opportunities When you decide to leave your current position for whatever reason, it is important to remember to demonstrate professional business etiquette and remain positive with your current manager/supervisor and co-workers. These behaviors are key to building and retaining the professional contacts and relationships you developed during your employment. Your future career success may depend on the courtesy you display as you move on to the next opportunity. These colleagues and managers/supervisors can become valuable professional networking contacts. Tips for Leaving Your Job on a Positive Note • Meet with your direct manager/supervisor and discuss your intention to leave prior to discussing your planned exit with your co-workers. It is suggested that you have a formal letter ready to give to your manager/supervisor that states you are leaving the company. In most cases, you will be expected to give your current employer two weeks notice prior to your anticipated end date. Based on your current contract, you may be required to provide a longer notice of your resignation. • Prepare for an exit interview with your manger/supervisor or a human resources representative. An exit interview is a chance for you to share your thoughts and provide feedback. Focus on the positive and only give criticism that will be productive for the company, your manger/supervisor and the next person who will be in your position. • Remain positive as you work during the period prior to your last day. If you act bitter or angry, you may lose valuable networking contacts and professional references. Continue to perform your job responsibilities unless otherwise directed by your manager/supervisor. • Clean up your workspace and computer. Remove any personal information prior to handing in your resignation letter as you may be asked to leave immediately. • Offer to help with the transition of your responsibilities by either training your replacement, explaining your responsibilities to other team members who will be working with your replacement or taking on some of your job responsibilities, and/or informing your manager/supervisor the status of your current projects and assignments.
As detailed in this manual, a successful job search involves a great deal of self-evaluation along with writing and rewriting a resume and other supporting documents. It also involves researching the companies and industries that interest you, making contacts in those industries and getting the word out that you are looking for a job. Understand this is a time- consuming process and is some of the most important work that you will ever do. Take your job search seriously and give yourself enough time to get it right. As stated at the beginning of this job search manual, it takes effort to find a job, and it is a process that you will repeat several times during your career. CCAC Career Services would like to celebrate your success. Please notify us when you accept your new position. Best wishes for a successful job search and a productive career.
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