Many employees quit their jobs for a variety of reasons. But what seems to be interesting is that their approaches to declaring such news seem to be somewhat similar! While most employees leave without fully articulating the real reason for leaving; a number of employees can’t resist the urge of pointing fingers and backstabbing colleagues on their way out. Neither is a good way to end a working relationship, no matter what might have been the actual situation. Quitting is obviously the last resort in today’s highly competitive job market. But if you do decide to quit, how can you do it in a way that doesn’t burn your bridges? We provide you with some tips to help you make your exit smooth, positive and professional.

Honesty & Respect 

Honesty goes a long way in any situation. If you decide to quit, approach your employer in private, speak your mind, and explain the exact reasons of why you want to quit. Do that in a professional and polite manner. No matter what your relationship with your manager may be, never be disrespectful. Keep in mind that your future company might call your previous employer for a reference check, so you need to maintain a good relationship with your past manager and colleagues.

Set a Proper Hand-over Plan

When you leave a company, all your work should be handed over to someone else. Give yourself and the company enough time to delegate your tasks to the new comer who’s going to handle your tasks. Set a proper hand-over plan; be professional and serious about it.

Leaving with a Good Impression 

By leaving on good terms with your boss and colleagues, you show gratitude and appreciation to everyone who helped you grow and develop professionally. Stay positive in your last days and help whoever is in need. You obviously have a few reasons to be thankful for your previous employer, and you should pay back by maintaining a good relationship with the company as a whole even after you leave.

Never Badmouth Your Previous Employer 

Remember that your CV will always show your previous employers. Avoid gossiping or badmouthing your managers or colleagues, speak well of the company and always stay professional when asked about your past experience. Doing so will say a lot about the kind of person you are.

Written by:
Fadi Alaeddin
Country Manager – UAE at Akhtaboot – the career network