Summer is coming and with that, thoughts of change… This article will help you soar across the finish line without stumbling; how to be welcome back if things don’t turn out to be as good as you hoped they would be at your sparkly new dream job.
For many of us, spring is a time to take action and implement change, resolving the feeling for something that isn’t right. For some, this means getting back on the treadmill, start eating healthy or finally step out of the comfort zone and find a new job. This article will cover the final step steps of that process – the process of leaving your current employer – the break up. Entering the room with a letter and arguments for giving your final notice. During my career, I have learned that it can end pretty much in one of two ways; good or bad.
Many of us have heard stories of colleagues who just left one day for lunch and never came back or had days where we carved out scenarios of yelling, doors slamming, finger flipping old management whilst high-fiving colleagues as one walks out the door. Truth to be told, the reality is that we often do not work with the employers from hell – it’s just time for change, a change you want to incur on good terms.
So – how do you quit your job without having it resembling a horrible break up where you burn pictures and throw out the piano through the window?
- Make up your mind! Before you get face to face with your current employer be sure to know that that this is what you want to do. If you are good at what you do they will not want to let go of you, throwing everything from emotional blackmail to promises of change and glory trying to convince you to stay. Be prepared for this and know that things might only change in the short term, before they go to the way things were. From experience, I know that with the passing of time, the need and urge for making a change will yet again arise.
- Leave no room for doubt or negotiation. Do not hand them reasons they can negotiate. If you are going from a smaller to a larger firm – stick with that benefits. If you are moving from an established player to a start-up – stick with that benefits. If you are moving to a country, they do not have an office in – stick with that benefit. The key here is to argue your case with reasons they cannot negotiate around. Although there might be a million little things that you are not happy with, this is not the time to present their dirty laundry.
- Understand both sides. Know that change is quite scary and uncomfortable for most people. This move might be old news for you but fresh news for the person you are giving notice. Be professional and use positive language. Instead of badmouthing your current workplace speak positively about your feelings towards the new opportunity (keep referring to your arguments in point b).
- Be professional. Even though the other person might react and return responses, stay professional and firm in your communication. Explain that you have enjoyed working there and that you have outgrown your current position. You are in need of change and excited about the new challenges of the new opportunity.
Remember that you are leaving, and that they are losing a talented person for which they are allowed to be upset about. This is your career and what better way to move ahead with your new opportunity than with a genuine good luck from yesterday’s old news?