Quit like a pro

CityPress - - Careers - KRISTIN MARINO ca­reers@city­press.co.za

When it’s time to move on, business and ca­reer coach Julie Melillo sug­gests:

Ty­ing up loose ends

Make things as easy as pos­si­ble for the new hire re­plac­ing you. If you have a sys­tem for do­ing things that might not be eas­ily un­der­stood, write out in­struc­tions and leave them with your boss. If you’re train­ing oth­ers to do your job, bring them up to speed as ef­fi­ciently as you can. Leav­ing your work­place in a peace­ful state means you’ll be re­mem­bered more pos­i­tively.

Fol­low­ing pro­to­col

Make sure you follow your company’s pro­ce­dure for leav­ing, in­clud­ing giv­ing the ap­pro­pri­ate no­tice pe­riod.

Tak­ing work sam­ples with you

If you work in a pro­fes­sion where you have work sam­ples or a port­fo­lio, col­lect your im­por­tant sam­ples be­fore you go, but ask per­mis­sion for any­thing you need. It’s usu­ally eas­ier to get th­ese ma­te­ri­als while you’re still in the of­fice.

Mak­ing lists

While it’s fresh in your mind, make a list of your work tasks and any im­por­tant de­tails, which might be dif­fi­cult to re­mem­ber later on. If you want to add things to your CV in fu­ture, you won’t have dif­fi­culty re­mem­ber­ing im­por­tant de­tails.

Think­ing about ref­er­ences

Be­fore your last day, have a faceto-face con­ver­sa­tion with each per­son and ask how they’d feel about you us­ing them for a ref­er­ence in the fu­ture. If they agree, ex­change per­sonal con­tact in­for­ma­tion and keep in touch with a friendly touchbase email ev­ery so of­ten.

– Ca­reer­Builder.com

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