Business people closing a deal and handshaking at the office

As we grow and mature our career aspirations may too grow and mature. No opportunity for growth may make you feel stuck or you may just be ready for a change. Leaving your job is a smart move if you do it the right way…doing it the right way is an even smarter move.

So you’ve accepted a new position with a new company. Good for you. But, now what? Here are some tips to help you ensure your departure is positive, deliberate, and strategic.

-Tell your boss FIRST (in person!). Then tell your colleagues. Give your boss the respect he deserves by telling him first.

-Train your replacement well. Have a transition plan. Collaborate with your boss on how you should tie up loose ends and figure out the best use of your remaining days. Start jotting down notes you want to pass along to your replacement.

-Don’t insult anyone. Be positive. Express gratitude. Now is not the time to “get it off your chest”. Be thankful and express gratitude to your colleagues and (especially) your boss.

-Give your two weeks notice. Some companies may not have you stay for two weeks, others may need you to stay longer. If your schedule allows, offer to work longer to create an orderly and smooth transition.

-Be ready for how to handle a counter offer. Know your reason(s) for leaving. Have a plan in place in case your company throws a counter offer your way. Check out this article for guidance on that.

-Finish strong. Now is not the time to get sloppy and lazy. Now is the time to step up your game and be there for your boss and colleagues. You want to leave lasting and positive impression.

Good luck and congrats. This is an important decision and you kept your professional relationships strong. It is wise to not burn bridges as you never know when you may need to tap into this network. Life is too short to go home every day feeling unfulfilled. Life’s too short to not be as happy as you can be. Good for you for making it happen.