The Successful Approach to Leaving a Job

SC&C Career TransitionHow you leave a job, in addition to how you begin a new one, has a significant impression on you as a professional, individual, and employee. In order to remain successful and productive in your career, you need to take a highly effective approach in not only starting a job and applying your skills but in effectively leaving a job.

No matter the circumstances regarding a job transition, you need to remain mature, professional, and positive in doing so in order to establish a strong lasting impression that helps you to further progress throughout your career instead of derailing you due to a negative approach.

Significant Approaches for a Career Transition

In this article I will be going over the 9 significant approaches to take in leaving your job.

1. Remain Connected with a Strong Network

In the process of transitioning through a job change, make sure to remain connected with your colleagues and managers if the situation allows you to do so. Avoid just leaving without communicating your appreciation for their support throughout your job. Make sure to send thank-you letters to the colleagues who contributed to your success in some way, and leave your address and phone number in order to remain connected.

SC&C Career Transition Stay PositiveYour positive attitude and dignity with others throughout your transition will have a strong effect on your future and ensure you maintain a strong network of support in doing so.

2. Maintain Courage in Your Transition in Order to Let Go

Embracing a change through confidence and courage with the ability to let go is essential to your future success and in fitting into a new company culture. Make sure to focus on the future instead of the past in order to make a successful career/job transition. Your ability to let go will definitely improve your ability to focus on the future and achieve success on a faster level than otherwise.

3. Leave in an Organized Fashion

Remain organized during your leave in order to maintain a professional impression. Make sure your desk, computer, and files are very organized and clean. Maintain responsibility regarding various meetings and projects with colleagues and managers.

Don’t become less involved due to the fact that you are leaving. You need to remain 100% involved in your job until the day you leave.

4. Remain Positive

Make sure to remain positive with your thoughts and interactions. Avoid negative discussions about your boss, colleagues, or the company. Even if you are hurt and are angry regarding your situation, make sure to not let others in on your feelings. This will only create a negative, messy reaction and situation.

Express your appreciation and reminisce on positive events and successes you and your colleagues and superiors have collaborated on. Remember, you need to do everything you can to leave your job on a positive note in order to leave a favorable impression.

5. Recognize the Value of Your Former Position

In order to successfully move on and attain your highest degree of success, you need to effectively reflect upon and come to terms with the value of your current experience. Every job has impacted you positively on a certain level. You have almost always learned and achieved something new and significant in all of your experiences.You need to reflect and focus on the positive and remain excited for the future and the unknown.

6. Set Up Time to Enjoy Life

Prior to beginning your next career endeavor and transition, be sure to make time for leisure. This can be through a weekend vacation, dinner with friends, and so on. Your opportunity to unwind, laugh, and become invigorated if time allows you to do so, is important in preparing you to effectively approach your next career move.

7. Identify Your Support Group

Your connectivity and interaction with friends and other individuals through a strong support group is essential in order to effectively progress through this challenging time. Even if you feel reclusive with little to no desire to connect with others, make sure to take time to associate with others whether through networking events, friends, family, and so on. Also, be sure to utilize the support of others. Know who is supportive in your life, and remain associated with these individuals.

You surely are not the only one who has experienced a job loss or gone through a major transition, and it is significant for you to realize that you are not alone in order to maintain the strength in moving on.

8. Embrace New Opportunities

By addressing and remaining positive about change no matter what the circumstances, you will enable yourself to acknowledge new opportunities for success. Change, whether through a negative or positive event, can possibly turn a negative into a positive with the opportunity to learn new skills and establish you as a talented and well respected professional.

9. Evaluate & Recognize Your Financial Standing

During this career and life transition, be sure to check and come to terms with your financial status in order to remain as secure as possible for you and/or your family. Understand and take a successful approach in providing financial security for you and your family. Identify how this job transition will affect your current retirement plan, 401(k) and IRA plans. In addition, ensure your insurance plans will cover you and your family throughout this tough time.

In general, and on a broad level, be sure to approach this job change/transition with dignity, hope, excitement, and a positive attitude. This will allow you to explore and embrace future endeavors essential to your career success.

Remember that this process is a significant aspect of your career progression within the current job market. So identifying and utilizing a successful approach in ending your job in order to begin your next will positively affect your career. It’s up to you! Good luck!

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