As a final post, I figured I’d write about letting go of a job. Sometimes, your ideal job, ends up not being so ideal. Other times, you liked your job, but you have a better offer in another. And in times like the end of the semester, you like your job, but it’s time for you to go back to where you live. Under all of these circumstances, the way in which you leave your job is pivotal.
When leaving any job, you should let your boss know in advance–normally two weeks prior. This is usually known as a two week notice. This is a common action done in the business world as a form of respect and to allow the business to compensate for the loss (by looking or hiring for others to fill the position). This can be done through conversation, email, or letter (click here for example).
A key piece of advice if you are leaving a job is to leave on a good note. Let’s say you just don’t want the job anymore, you hate it, or you wish you never worked it, no matter how negatively the job affected you, bridges should not be burned. Let’s say you worked in a day care, and you hated kids screaming and yelling and your boss was rude. Leaving this job isn’t an opportunity to yell at kids and tell him or her off. yes, I know it may be tempting. Reason being is that most future employers will probably call your past employer for a recommendation of you and your work. You don’t want to tell your boss he or she is a *whatever* if your future might rely on their word.
If leaving for a purpose, such as moving away, aside form letting the business know in advance, you can always ask for a transfer opportunity. For example, if you work in Whole Foods in White Plains, and there’s a Whole Foods near your home, you can always ask if there’s a possibility of being transferred. This way you can keep your job, and even get your old one back if you move back (like for school).
Ultimately, leaving a job is difficult. There are several actions you should do out of need or respect. But, with these three major pieces of advice, you can end a job on a good note and not have to worry.