When the writing is on the wall tells you to find another place of employment, the best option is to find a way to leave without severing or burning any kind of bridges while you make your exit.
When you find that you have become stagnant in your workplace, and you are just not learning anything new anymore, you need to think about finding a new job for your career to progress. Planning an exit strategy is very important and it’s important to do it at the right time and place. There are definitely a few things that you need to get in order before leaving.

Firstly, you need to keep in mind what kind of job you are exiting from. Are you exiting from a mediocre or low rent job or are you exiting from a much higher position within the company? Once you have taken into account what company you work for your strategy will fall right into place. If you have not been with the company for long to establish a prominent position, just a simple “I quit” or calling up your boss to say that you are not coming in is good enough. Of course, you should execute your resignation in the most polite way possible. It is never good to make enemies in the working world.

If you are planning to exit from a high profile job or company than there a few other things that you need to consider. As stated above the type of job that you are leaving says what type of strategy you will need and the importance of how you execute it. If you are exiting from a bigger more high paying job, here are a few tips on how to move forward.

Search for a new job while you are still there. Don’t give your employer your two weeks notice until you have already found another job. You can also request to having your hours reduced to give you more time to search for a new job and attend more job interviews.

Time your exit strategy to coincide with the ending of an assignment or project. If there are no other assignments than this would be a good time to offer your resignation. Also make sure that all your duties will be taken over by another employee after you have gone. You do not want want to give the impression that you are an irresponsible person.

Work with your employer to negotiate a severance package. Read up on your company’s policies regarding resignation and familiarize yourself with all its terms and conditions. Usually, a typical severance package will include payment for unused leave and some insurance policies. Some companies also have severance packages that help you in your search for a new job.

Your company should assist you in producing a resume for your future career. Make sure all your contributions to your company do not go unnoticed and list down the skills you have picked up in your time there. Also request for a testimonial from your boss and a referee who will put in a good word for you.

The most important thing to do, is to start planing your exit strategy the day you start working. Just like how you would familiarize yourself with all the emergency exits of your new apartment, you should make sure you know all the terms and conditions in your contract before you start working. Ensure that you do not breach anything in the contract so as to make your resignation as smooth as possible. When you begin working, keep a record of all your major projects to fill up your resume when you need it to find a new job.

Leaving a company is never a simple process, but you should always make sure that you leave on good terms with your superiors and your colleagues. When all administrative protocols are in order, show your gratitude and appreciation to the company and the people you work with. A thankyou/goodbye card is a good way to show your appreciation. Besides, you never know if your career paths will cross in the future.


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