The Graceful Exit

the-graceful-exitYou’ve come to that point where you’re not happy anymore in your present company. The job doesn’t offer enough challenges. You’ve grown tired of the routine, the sight of your desk, and even the office’s interior design. You decide to check out the job vacancies in Singapore, and you find what you think is the position that’s better suited to your career objective. You apply, and you get accepted. So the time has come for you to part ways with your employer.Whatever your reasons for wanting to pack your bags and go, you owe it to yourself to make sure you leave on good terms. No bad blood, no ill will, only a good legacy. Here are a few tips to help you make your exit a graceful one.

Tell your boss face-to-face.

This is the first thing you should do as soon as you’ve made up your mind that you’re resigning. Don’t tell anyone else within the company. Your boss should be the first to know, and he should hear it from you. Donot print out your resignation letter and hand it to him, or tell him by email or text. This will come across as an FYI that will deny him the opportunity to ask you about your plans. Ask for a few minutes of his time, then go direct to the point and tell him about your intention to leave. Timing is of the essence here. You have to ask to see him when he’s not harassed or stressed. A good time would be the end of the day, when things have slowed down a bit in the office.

Maintain your professionalism.

If you’re leaving the company because you have certain grievances – about your boss, your coworkers, or the way things are run – it would be best for you to keep these to yourself. Just keep your focus on your present job and go about your business quietly. Continue putting in an honest day’s work each day. Work overtime if you have to, and don’t grumble. Ensure a smooth transition by properly turning over your projects. Finish everything you have to before you make your exit.

Refrain from talking about your new job.

You’ll likely be excited about what’s waiting for you at the company you’ll be moving to – the higher salary you’ll be getting, the new responsibilities you’ll be taking on, the perks that will come with your new job, etc. But being excited is not a good reason to go telling everyone in sight about it. Your colleagues want to see you working, not bragging. Talk about your new job only to your family and close friends outside the company.

Don’t betray your employer’s trust.

If your new employer competes directly with your present employer, you have to make it clear to your new boss that you will not compromise your professional ethics. Whatever company secrets your present employer has entrusted to you, you must honor that trust. When you make this clear to your new boss, you will earn his respect. If he knows someone in your present company, he might even give him a call and put in some words of praise for your professionalism.

At the end of the day (your last day at the office, to be specific), you have to be able to leave with your reputation intact. Shake hands with each of your coworkers, wish them well, and they’ll do the same for you. Forget about whatever grievances you may have had, move on graciously, and you’ll be remembered in a positive light.

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