We all have, or eventually will, come to a point in time when we leave a work position. You could be leaving a full-time job for a better opportunity, you could have been released because of economic reasons, your temporary contract may have ended, or you could have been pushed out due personality conflicts. The reasons are endless and may be complicated. However, the way to conduct your departure should be simple.
- Be nice. Even if your departure was because of some not-so-nice events, don’t give into the temptation to stoop and jab back. Stand up for yourself but be nice. Do you want them to remember that you unexpectedly changed all the passwords and deleted important files? Or do you want them to remember that you departed with grace and dignity? People remember how you leave just as much as they remember all the fabulous things you did while you were there. Never burn bridges and risk regret. You never know when you may have to cross those bridges again.
- Be confident but be humble. If you are leaving for a dream job, don’t rub it in that you are amazing, have an amazing job, got an amazing boost to your pay and the others can just wallow in the same ol’ stomping ground.
- Stay professional even after you’ve left. If you left because of negative circumstances, reserve the down-and-dirty details for your closest friends and keep it clean when a former client or colleagues asks about it.
- Don’t make your problems other people’s problems. ‘Nuf said.
- Be genuine and grateful. Say thanks to those who mentored you, helped you and made time there worthwhile. For those who weren’t so helpful, wish them well and leave it at that.