Apparently, it’s not well known what the proper etiquette is for leaving a job. So, here’s some advice on how not to leave your job:
1. Don’t quit via text message…or by email. It’s proper to meet with your manager/owner face-to-face. They have a lot of time and energy into you and your position and they will appreciate the respect of having the conversation in person.
2. Don’t quit and give little to no notice. This is important. Giving proper notice (at least 2 weeks) gives the company a chance to properly find your replacement and ensure a smooth transition. Abrupt transitions cost a lot…both in revenue, but mainly in reputation
3. Do #1 & #2 well, and your chances of getting a glowing recommendation are strong. Don’t do either well, and you’ll get…nothing.
And to clarify…
It’s not the WHAT, it’s the HOW.
I’m thrilled for people to transition into new seasons of life. God knows I’ve had my share of those opportunities.
It’s “how” the transition (or you name it) is done.
When you don’t take the time to carefully manage the “how” of your situation, it’s YOUR reputation that will take the hit primarily.
Protect your reputation with your life. Over-think it. Go above what’s necessary. Be known for being over-accommodating, because in the end people will remember how you treated far more than what you did for them.