Leaving any job can be hard, but leaving a company you’ve been with for a long time can fill many employees with anxiety and guilt. You’re leaving a place where you’ve grown comfortable and colleagues who’ve become friends. However, an exciting opportunity awaits, so below we’ve outlined advice on how to leave your long-time workplace for a new experience.
Give Your 2-Weeks Notice:
It’s vital that you let your employer and direct manager know you intend to leave the company in two weeks or less. Be sure to keep the name of your new company confidential until you officially start the job. Leave your old company on good terms: keep the conversation positive when you announce your departure. Don’t dwell on why you’re leaving or use this time to air your grievances. Your boss may offer incentives to convince you to remain in your current position. This can create anxiety or confusion in the moment, but try to remain calm and remember that you’ve already accepted another offer which you’re excited to pursue. Keep the conversation focused on how to make the job transition a positive one. For more information, see our blog post about how to handle a counter-offer.
Update Your LinkedIn Profile with Achievements from Your Previous Company:
Hopefully, as you were searching for your new job, you updated your LinkedIn profile to reflect your achievements and responsibilities at your old company. If you don’t think your profile is top-notch in the first place, check out our blog post on how to make a great LinkedIn profile.
Embrace the Opportunity:
A new job means fresh experiences and people to meet. Embrace the situation by fully immersing yourself in your work and taking an interest in your new colleagues. If you moved for the job, explore your new city by checking out the local hot spots, tourist attractions, and restaurants. If you’ve been promoted, get to know the people you will be managing or the new software you will be working with. The new position means new responsibilities and challenges, so take full advantage of the adventure ahead.