Things To Do Before You Leave Your Job

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When you have given notice that you’re leaving your job and turned in your official resignation, there are still some things you need to consider doing to ensure a graceful transition before you head out the office door for the last time.

Carefully planning your departure from a job can help smooth your transition to the next phase of your career.  Finalizing your relationships with supervisors and co-workers can solidify positive perceptions about your professionalism.

 Avoiding pitfalls can ensure that you don't damage relationships or make any errors with your benefits.  

If you plan ahead, you’ll be able to leave on good terms and in the company’s good graces. That’s always the best way to move on from a job, especially since you may need a reference in the future.

15 Things To Do Before Leaving Your Job

Not all these apply to everyone, but you will need to consider at least some of these things before you’re done with the job. Review the list and make sure you’ve got it covered ahead of time.

1. Help make the transition go well. Meet with your supervisor and offer to do anything possible to help fill the void created by your departure. Offer to help train the person who will carry out your duties.  Ask for input from your supervisor regarding the priorities for your final days.  Your professionalism during your remaining time will be remembered when reference checks are made in the future.


2. Make a list of what you do on the job. Create a running list of your accomplishments each month so you can document them as concretely as possible.  

3. Update your resume and LinkedIn.  Keep your resume and LinkedIn profile up-to-date so you can move into job search mode quickly should the need or opportunity present itself.


4. Write some recommendations. Compose LinkedIn Recommendations for supervisors, colleagues, and key constituents. 

5. Get some recommendations. Ask supervisors, customers, subordinates, suppliers, and colleagues to compose LinkedIn recommendations while impressions are fresh, and your leverage is still in place. Review these tips for asking for an employment reference.

6. Save work samples. Transfer some non-proprietary examples of your work and documents that will be helpful in future jobs to your home computer or personal email.  Some organizations will escort you to your office to box up personal items and cut off your computer access when you tell them you're leaving.

7. Remember to be humble. Resist the temptation to celebrate your good fortune of landing a new job too enthusiastically with co-workers.  You will only alienate your soon to be former colleagues.

8. Say thank you. Take the time to thank everyone who has helped you to be productive in your role.  Your generosity and modesty will be remembered.  Single people out and explain how they have supported you at any going away parties.  

9. Keep it nice and polite. Do not badmouth management or staff.  People have long memories about criticism, and you never know when informal inquiries about your performance will be made by future employers.


10. Get information on your ex-employee benefits. Schedule an appointment with a benefits specialist within the Human Resources department. Secure information about compensation for vacation, continuation of health benefits, implications for retirement plans, severance, and other issues.  

11. Don’t quit without a plan. If you are thinking of quitting without a new job, assess your alternatives and explore some options first. Review these tips for how to start a job search.

12. Figure out your finances. Meet with a financial advisor or pension representative to gain a clear understanding of options for transporting 401k and pension funds.  

13. Make a budget. Estimate how long your savings will last if you will be out of work for a while. 

14. Check on unemployment benefits. Determine if you will be eligible for unemployment compensation and calculate how much how much you will receive.


15. Calculate your retirement income. If you are planning to retire, calculate your expenses and your income with the help of a financial advisor. Here's how to calculate what you'll need to retire.

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