You’ve gotten a new role! Now, how do you handle making the change? Making changes isn’t always easy, but there are some good practices when leaving one job and starting a new one that can help you avoid burning bridges for down the road:
Though it may have not been a great experience, or you are thrilled to be leaving, always be thankful. Take the time to thank you coworkers, have lunch with them, or even write your supervisor a thank you for getting you a chance to grow professionally. Take the time to not only ask your references if you can use them, but thank them for their time as well.
This is especially difficult when you are so excited about leaving, and have not been happy; however, it’s important to be nice. Don’t speak negatively about your employers, your coworkers or even your supervisor. You never know when or if you might cross paths again, and it’s important to leave on good terms. If you need to vent, write it down to be thrown away, or talk to a family member you can trust who does not work for the company. If you feel strongly about some of your negativity, seek out a therapist who might be able to help you process through your thoughts.
While the term “senioritis” might come to mind, force yourself to focus, and finish strong. Don’t leave your replacement with a mess. Try and organize all your information, and leave your work in a place where someone can easily pick up where you left off.
While you might not be contractually obligated to stay once you give notice, it’s always a good idea to try and give at least 2 weeks notice if you can. Not only will this help you transition well, but it will also help give your current employer a chance to replace you without being left high and dry.
One sure way to burn a bridge is to poach an employee from your old employer right away. Be fair, and give it time before you try and persuade others to join you. Also, suggest a replacement. If you are going to leave your old employer without chaos ensuing, it’s fair to offer some potential replacements. Tell your current supervisor that you are leaving before you tell coworkers. It’s only fair that he or she hears it from you, and not from others.