Tips For Leaving A Job Diplomatically
Learn how to leave your job diplomatically and retain good relations and contacts with former colleagues and employers
You've received a wonderful job offer. Your resignation letter is typed. No, you can't go yet; your job is not finished. There are still a few details you need to take care of. Why bother, you may ask. I don't work here anymore.
True. However, even if you are moving to a new city and different industry, there are still chances that you will meet your former colleagues/employers in another work situation. You may very well need information from your colleagues a few months down the line, so you need to ensure that today's co-workers become tomorrow's dependable contacts. Here are a few tips:
Make peace with adversaries
Take your former adversary aside and mention a few things that you enjoyed or respected about working with her. If personal communication is difficult, send her a note. Even if she never admits it to you, she will appreciate the respect that you grant her.
Build lasting alliances
Tell the co-workers you admired and respected what it is you enjoyed, admired and respected about working with them, and make it clear that you'd like to keep the professional contact active. Tell them that you will be happy to be part of her professional network. Should you meet her at a conference or seminar, schedule lunch or something.
Pave the way for your successor
If your successor starts before you leave, train her. If she starts after your departure, leave your work area up to date, with files left where they can be easily found. Also leave a detailed memo telling her any tips or tricks you used to make your job easier, and your contact telephone number so that she can call you when needed. Your co-workers will appreciate this, as they will be spared having to constantly answer questions from the newcomer.
Inform your former clients and suppliers
Inform your former clients and suppliers of your departure. Tell them how much you valued their custom and to expect a call from your successor, introducing herself.