How To Leave Your Current Job…

April 24, 2014

Career Advice

You’ve got an itch. You’ve been mulling it over for months. You’ve finally come to the decision: it’s time to move on. Whether you love or hate your current job, leaving is always hard. The comfort of a steady paycheck. The daily routine you’ve now perfected. The processes you’ve memorized. The projects you’ve mastered. So what do you do now? Follow through on your plan. Here’s how to begin:

1. Start the job search before you quit.
Brush up on our post about how to look for a job while you have a job. You may feel sneaky, but this is how the process works. Unless you feel comfortable abandoning your steady paycheck, you’re going to need to moonlight as a job hunter.

2. Lock down the offer before you put in your two week’s notice.
Get that signed offer in writing before you quit your current gig. A verbal offer might seem official, but it’s always best to get it in writing. You don’t want to find yourself quitting one job for an offer that doesn’t pan out.

3. Set up a meeting with your boss.
If possible, set up a one-on-one meeting in a private room or office first thing in the morning. Thank them for the great experiences you’ve had, then mention that you’ve decided to pursue new opportunities. Don’t blab on about the new gig too much. It’s OK to express some excitement but you always want to leave your current job on a good note. Be cordial.

4. Create a plan of attack for notifying others.
Your boss may set up a meeting with your coworkers or ask you to send out a mass email spreading the news. You’ll want to inform the most important people quickly, and start wrapping up any projects you can before you leave.

5. Stay in touch!
Pass along your personal contact information before you leave. Connect with former coworkers on LinkedIn and wish them well. Make future coffee or lunch plans with your favorite former coworkers so you can keep your network strong.

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Spectrum Brands is a global $5 Billion Consumer Products company headquartered in Middleton, Wisconsin. While you may not be familiar with the Spectrum Brands name, there is no doubt you will recognize some of our brands.

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