How to leave your job – the right way

We all know finding a new job can be tough. That’s especially true of sought-after finance jobs, like wealth management positions or private equity jobs. But before you take on the responsibility of a new job, you have to take responsibility elsewhere: At the job that you’re leaving.

There’s no “trick” to leaving a job the right way – you’ve simply got to take steps to help your now-former employer every step of the way, if you want to part on good terms. Here’s how:

Give sufficient notice
You want to notify supervisors of your departure at least two weeks ahead of time – and some employers prefer an even larger time window. Take the time to respect your company’s policies and it will make it easier for them to respect your decision to leave.

Offer to train your successor
This is a big one: Whenever you leave a job, you know that someone is going to have to take your place. If your company decides who that will be soon after your notice – and if they’re available – you can establish a great reputation on your way out by offering to train them. This will save your company numerous headaches; after all, no one can explain what you do so well as you do.

Keep your work ethic steady
Here’s an obvious one: Never let your work slack during your last two weeks (or however long) on the job. You never know when you’re going to have to call back your old employer for a reference – don’t burn the bridge!

Communicate openly with your team
This is a more general piece of advice: You’re going to want to be open with your colleagues about what you can and cannot accomplish during the time period between your notice and your leaving. You never want to leave colleagues holding the bag after you’ve made a mistake or left something unfinished – after all, you might find yourself working beside them again elsewhere, at a later date. So be completely forthcoming about what you plan to do, and you can trust no bad blood will be left.

Be completely honest – and entirely courteous – during your exit interview
Finally, most companies will interview you on your way out. This is a tricky balance: You need to be honest about why you no longer want to work there, without insulting them. If you can manage that, you’ll surely have an amiable exit interview, and an amiable exit in general.