There comes a time when we all grow tired of our job and look to explore elsewhere. Not that this is bad but how you do that should be very professional. The transition from one job to another must be peaceful, leaving a positive lasting relationship behind, not one that would breed hatred and contempt.
How you leave your job shows who you really are, and believe it or not, it can hurt your career in the long run. How? Don’t forget that the world is more knitted together than ever, and industries and organisations are more connected than before. One wrong move from one cuts you off from the others.
So then how do you move from one job to another, consider these steps if you want to have a smooth transition from one job to another?
Things to Consider When leaving your Job for Another
Count the cost of leaving
Counting the cost means to evaluate what you stand to gain or loss when you leave your current job. For instance, do you already have another job ready? If no then don’t make that mistake, on the other hand, if you do have another job waiting for, consider the terms and conditions of your current job and the one you are getting into, are their differences? Which one is best?
When your answers to these questions and much more are in the negative, reconsider your desire to move, on the other hand when they are in the affirmative, then you can move on but be warned that not all that glitters is gold.
Give your employer time to think through the issue
After you have counted the cost of leaving your job, and in the case you are convinced you must leave, inform your employer and allow him some room to think things through. Technically, it is good your employer a three months notice of your departure.
Don’t be pushy by demanding an immediate exit, remember you never know when you may need assistance from your employer in the near future. A three months notice should be a nice length of time for your employer to consider your exit so remain composed through out this period.
Continue to honour your commitment
Whiles waiting for your employer’s responds to your impending exit, do well to continue to keep to your work commitment. Go about your work, as usual, don’t act as though you are already out of the job.
Allow me to let you in a secret, keeping to your commitment even though you would be exiting soon, places you in the good books of your employer. This would open wider doors of opportunities for you because one good word from your former employer and you are on a gold mine.
Also, staying committed tells your employer how dedicated you are and this can give you a fat exit bonus
Don’t use your organisations resources to job hunt
In the event, you have not had a job but you still want to exit your current job, never use any of the current job’s resource to do your job hunt. That would be very bad and deadly on your part if you do so since it shows gross disrespect and lack of commitment on your part because you can easily leak secrets of the organisation in the process.
The worst situation in this is that it is stealing and you could be prosecuted for that. Use your own resources to do your job search and for best, do it out of your job. Organisation resources range from the internet, telephone to work hours.
Exit with dignity and honour
To exit with dignity, make sure you don’t tarnish your good records. Continue to be in good terms with everyone, carry out a task that is assigned to you without any compliance and put in your best during working hours.
Just make sure you don’t do anything that would make people talk about you when you’re even away, even if people would talk to you, it should be about positive deeds and not negative deeds.
Make sure you don’t sell your current employer to get what you want
This is not very good but most people do that just to get what they want. They sell out secrets of the organisation they’re leaving to their new employers to be. Though most are not aware of what they are doing, the only way to protect yourself from leaking sensitive information about your formal employer is to desist from asking questions directed towards them.
Don’t pull others with you
When leaving, leave alone. Don’t entice others to leave with you, you wouldn’t want to be the down fall of another. It is always best you allow people to make their decisions whether to leave a job or not.
Never entice people to leave when they are not prepared for that.