Saying Goodbye: How to Leave a Job On the Right Terms

August 6th, 2012

Whether it’s by choice or not, there’s an art to saying goodbye. Honestly, it doesn’t matter if you were laid off or let go, or if you decided to pursue a new opportunity. When leaving a company, there’s a right way and a wrong way to walk out the door. Follow these tips to make sure that just because you closed a door, it doesn’t mean you closed an opportunity.

Be Thankful

Even if you can’t wait to drive off the property and never look back, remember that all of your coworkers are still working at this place – and may be enjoying it. Don’t bad mouth anyone or anything. If you did accept a new position, keep your explanation simple such as, “It was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” or “It seemed like the right time to push myself to try something new.”

Stay Connected

Send an email or pass out personal business cards with your email address and phone number. Pass them around to those who you were close to and those in which you’d like to be close. You never know when you might need their help, or when you might be able to help out them.

Follow Through

Just because you aren’t working side-by-side every day, doesn’t mean you can’t keep in touch. Send an email or set up a coffee date with old coworkers or managers. These connections are worth a lot – and you may want to use them as a reference someday.

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ABR Employment Services provides employment opportunities to job seekers and staffing solutions to employers throughout Wisconsin. ABR provides temporary, try-before-hire and direct hire  job opportunities in: customer service, data entry, receptionist, office assistant, administrative assistant, assembly, packaging, machine operator, warehouse, janitorial, CNC, welder, forklift, maintenance, and call center.

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