The average worker stays in a job position for an average of 4.2 years. This means that most professionals will have to face giving notice to their employer several times in their career. However, it can be an awkward process to leave your job gracefully and professionally. So, whether you leave your job because you hated your position or you enjoy your job but got an offer you can't refuse, follow these steps before you give your two-weeks’ notice to your boss.
Make your new job official. Before you give your notice, make sure that your new job offer is official by signing any needed documents and handing in any forms to your new organization. You don’t want to jump the gun and give notice before you have officially secured your new job and settled on a start date. This seems like an obvious step, but sometimes the happiness of accepting a new position can cause us to react emotionally. Remember that once you give notice to your boss, the organization has the right to terminate you immediately if they see fit, so if your start date for your new position isn’t for a few weeks, you could end up without a needed paycheck during your transition.
Prepare for pressure to stay. Organizations never want to lose valuable employees, so most likely you will be pressured to stay. If you know that the best decision for you is to leave, don’t cave in to the pressure. Decide what you will say to those voices inside your head, but also to your boss or peers if they try to convince you. Practice it in front of the mirror or with friends so you check how you are coming across. Keep in mind the following elements:
Determine how much notice you are prepared to give. While the professional standard notice is two weeks, depending on the circumstances you may be able to offer more notice. Professionals in high-level and management positions generally need more time than that to wrap up projects. Consider when and how much notice to give thoughtfully, based on your situation and your relationship with your superiors.
Tell your coworkers and immediate superior. As a courtesy to your team and immediate superior, let them know that you will be leaving and taking a new position before you hand in your notice or change your LinkedIn status. Tell them in person, not via email or text. Make sure to choose the right moment as well, not after a tense meeting or during happy hour. Ask them how they want you to handle letting clients or anyone else know for a smooth transition.
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