If you’re considering exiting a position or leaving your current post, surely you have motivations for wishing to do so. The job may not be right for you, you may be looking for a different path in your career, you might be feeling dissatisfied by monotony, or you might have family obligations that are conflicting with your current position.
While looking for a new position is nothing abnormal, one thing is for sure: You do not want to burn bridges with valuable relationships in your current post.
Doing so can irreparably hinder your career; therefore, it is imperative to the future of your career that you leave with your positive relationships intact.
Use these tips to ensure you maintain relationships when exiting a position:
Finish Strong when exiting a position
Your behaviour as you leave a post will be forever how those you leave behind will remember you. If you leave people questioning your character, it can result in negative consequences for your career long down the road.
Make it clear that even though you may be leaving, you still will work hard up until the time you have to go. Complete your duties to their fullest and conduct yourself with the utmost integrity.
Keep Your Emotions in Check when leaving a job
Keep any negative feelings you have about your current company or even the people you work with to yourself. You never know if the relationships with the people in your current position might prove to be helpful—or hurtful—for your career going forward.
You may continue to cross paths with these people in the future. Any negativity will be remembered, and people will be less likely to put in a good word for you or consider you for career opportunities. Rather than venting to anyone who will listen, it’s much better to keep your negative thoughts and opinions—regardless of how true they are—to yourself.
Consider your exit as a perfect opportunity to build relationships. This time is also an opportunity to network to better manage your career. The people you’re leaving behind can be an essential part of your network, and, if done right, this is a perfect opportunity for authentic networking with those you’ve worked alongside for a while.
Offer to write recommendations for your colleagues and communicate the value you see in others. You will be remembered as someone who, instead of checking-out when the end is near, takes the time to build relationships and help others.
So when you’re considering exiting a position be sure to consider these key points.