It started with an innocent phone call and it ended with a job offer. After much thought and internal debate, you’ve decided to take the offer. You’re going to quit your job for something brand new. And maybe you’re feeling anxious or worried. Maybe even terrified.

First and foremost, congratulations. Before we even talk about quitting your current job, you should be feeling great. By getting that job offer, you bested hundreds of applications and easily four-five outstanding candidates. A job offer is a trophy and one that can take months to win. It’s important you celebrate this great achievement, no matter what you plan on doing with it. You won. And you should feel really good about it.

Your current employer will probably try their hardest to retain you, that’s alright. We covered the counter offer in a brief read here.

For this post, we’ll assume you’re embracing the new opportunity. You’re ready for a change, you just need to do it in the right way. You may have thought about the day you finally quit for months, maybe years. You may have imagined yourself as Stone Cold Steve Austin, cruising through your office on a zamboni, looking for your boss to deliver the news.

But you never know what your future holds, especially in a smaller city like Cincinnati. You never know who you may work with again, and it’s important not to burn any bridges. The following is some good advice to leave on great terms:

Thank your boss, leadership personally

The resignation letter will say it all but follow up behind it. Have a brief sit down with you boss, or CEO if that’s possible, and simply thank them for the opportunity. Be sincere. It’s not the time to discuss why you’re leaving, just to thank them for giving you the chance to succeed at their company. Do this before it gets out that you’re leaving.

Have an exit strategy

Your company can’t replace you overnight. Help them prepare for your departure by completing a short outlook covering the next month. Help your teammates plan to operate without you until someone else is hired. The more detail and attention you give this, the more it’ll be appreciated.

Keep it positive on the way out

You’ll have an exit interview most likely. Avoid the temptation to go off. This is about maintaining good relationships and a shoot interview with HR on your boss will engulf that bridge in flames. You can make constructive criticism, but even those could be interpreted the same way. Just be thankful and excited. And if that’s too hard to do for you, simply think about how awesome your next job will be when answering!


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