How to Resign with Relationships in Mind
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Resign with Relationships in Mind
In 2019 according to American Express, there were nearly 13 million women-owned businesses in the U.S. that generated $1.9 trillion in revenue.
This statistic means not only are women fueling the economy, but more women are stepping away from their jobs and stepping into entrepreneurship.
You might have the misperception that when you leave, you’ll never need these people again, especially if you are leaving your industry, but people move like you do. When hiring managers review your resume and notice that you’ve worked at the same company as “so and so,” they are very likely to ask that person about you. Make sure your crazy resignation isn’t the thing they have to remember you by.
So how do you resign with relationships in mind?
Here’s what you want to avoid
Citing all the issues you had with your employer - When one of my friends resigned from her job, she aired all her grievances in her resignation letter. It turns out her new boss knew her old one, and her new job could’ve been threatened if her old boss wasn’t so lenient. Her boss could have easily shared the rude letter with her new manager. Save the negativity for drinks with friends and focus on being grateful. If you have actual recommendations (not just a list of complaints), share the feedback in an exit interview.
Being vocal about how excited you are to leave - Don’t constantly bring up how happy you’ll be once you leave your current job, it is offensive to those staying, and it makes you sound ungrateful. Whether you’re going because of a bad work environment or a new opportunity, telling people how excited you are to leave will make them resent you. No one wants to hear how great your life will be when you leave a job they’re still at.
Here’s how you can make your exit a professional win
Review your time there - Now is the time to assess the skills you developed and new learnings from this role and figure out what you can take to the next job. Whether individually or with your manager, take a step back to identify what you’ve gained from your time spent. This review can help you identify your transferrable skills for the following role, improve how you are crafting your story, or even update your resume in the future. Talking with your boss and team can provide closure and help you identify areas where you’ve grown that you might be missing.
Get face-time with all the people you want to stay connected with - Plan lots of coffees and lunches in your final days. Create a plan for how you’ll stay connected from now on so you can keep and build on the relationships you have fostered in this role. You’re likely to cross paths with your peers again or people that they know. Be intentional so you can ensure you stay in touch.
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