Congratulations! You worked hard on your job search and landed a new position. You’re ready to launch into working at your new organization, but you have a bit of unfinished business. For the next two weeks you need to fulfill your commitment at your current company.
You may be tempted to give your company short shrift for the next couple of weeks because you know that you are leaving, but that is not in your best interest. For one thing, even though you may be ecstatic about leaving, you don’t know what the future holds, and you may have a need to come back at some point. Second, you don’t want to burn bridges because it tends to be a very small world in most professions. Burning bridges is a bad career move. Someone that you work with today could be in a position to influence a hiring decision at another company tomorrow.
So how should you handle yourself your last two weeks on the job? Here are some dos and don’ts to adhere to:
Do your best work. Don’t give your employer reason to believe that you are slacking off and no longer care just because you are leaving.
Be willing to train your replacement. If someone is hired to fill your position, be thorough in training the person so that the work can continue to flow seamlessly.
Say goodbye to bosses and co-workers. Take the time to personally say goodbye to people that you have worked with so that they have good memories of you as you leave.
Tie up loose ends. To the best of your ability, don’t leave anything undone for the person coming behind you.
Don’t give HR an earful during the exit interview. It may be tempting to unload when asked about the company, but it’s best to only give constructive criticism. You may be in a position later in your career to return to that company, and you don’t want to burn any bridges.
Don’t rub your new job in the faces of your co-workers. You may be happy to be leaving the company for a better opportunity, but don’t make your co-workers resent you for it. It’s best to leave on a good note.
By following these basic rules, you will leave on good terms, and you will not have to worry about having to mend faces later. While it is true that a first impression is a lasting impression, it is also true that the last impression will be lasting as well.
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