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Executives who have decided to leave a company in order to pursue a new career or independent, entrepreneurial endeavors afford themselves the opportunity to experience the professional world in new, exciting ways. At the same time, however, it is important that executives who plan to leave their jobs do so in an orderly, business-like way. Her are several strategies you can employ once you’ve decided to leave a company:
1. Give Notice.
This is one of the most important strategies for you to implement when you decide to leave a company. Giving a notice (at least two weeks, if not a month or more) is very professional because it gives your employer an opportunity to plan. As an executive your job will be more difficult to fill, so the earlier you give a notice the more time your employer will have to plan who will take your position. When you announce that you are leaving your position in advance, your employer can begin the job recruitment process and hopefully have someone hired and in training before you are gone, thereby ensuring that the business continues to function smoothly.
2. Put It In Writing.
In addition to ensuring that you give your boss a notice, it is important that you put the notice in writing. This is an important part of the resignation process because every career-related decision that you make needs to be documented so both you and all future employers can reference and review your vocational past.
3. Be Positive.
Oftentimes, leaving a company is perceived to be a negative occurrence because it suggests transition and absence, both of which will likely instill fear and resistance from people. And even if you are leaving your company on good terms, your co-workers and superiors may view your departure in a negative light. To preclude this type of lackluster attitude from clouding your final days of work, be positive about your transition by focusing on how much fun you’ve had in your current position as well as the personal and professional growth you’ve experienced while there.
4. Remain Productive.
In many cases, humans have a tendency to slack off in terms of job performance once they decide to leave a job. Don’t conform to this principle. Instead, remain highly productive so that your boss doesn’t have to worry about tasks being completed with expedience and excellence. When you conclude your career with a company on this high note, you will likely be able to come back in the event that you need or want to.
5. Don’t Forget The Details.
Once an executive has turned in their letter of resignation, there is a tendency to begin concentrating on a new job or other entrepreneurial endeavors. However, executives still need to focus on the details of their current job. By paying attention to details such as any employee benefits or other moneys you are entitled to, you can help prevent any sort of financial pinch that might transpire while you are in transition.
If you are an executive who has decided to leave a company, you should know that doing so will afford you the opportunity to grow personally and professionally. However, it is very important that you leave your current job in a professional capacity. By utilizing some or all of the techniques outlined above, you can accomplish this objective.