How to leave your job

At Black Fox Solutions we spend each and every day speaking with people in Northern Ireland who have just left a job or are thinking of doing so. Leaving a job is a stressful time for anyone, so read on for some tips on how to make the move as smooth as possible.

Have you thought this through?

Before you draft your letter of resignation, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are you being paid enough?
  • Do you get on well with your colleagues?
  • Is the culture supportive?
  • Is the training effective?
  • Could you develop your role/be promoted?

If you answered yes to two or more of the above, you might want to reconsider your decision. Make sure that leaving your current job is the right decision, you don’t want to regret your choice a few months down the line when it is already too late.

Prepare for your next job

Ideally you want to limit the amount of time between your old and new job by as much as possible. The last thing you want is to leave your current job and spend several months without a salary while you try and find a new role.

So before you leave your current job you should update your CV (Black Fox Solutions offers a free CV review service if you want advice on how to write the perfect CV), look at the job-boards and check the vacancies for your chosen profession.

We may have a vested interest here, but our advice is to speak to a Recruitment Consultancy. An experienced Recruitment Consultant will be aware of the best jobs in your area that fit your skills and salary expectations, plus they will have the skinny on which company offers progression opportunities and MOST IMPORTANTLY, who to avoid.

Leave on Good Terms

It may be time to move on, but it is never a good idea to leave a job unprofessionally and on bad terms. You should leave your current job with the same good impression you gave when you started.

Remember to draft a resignation letter before you inform your manager that you are leading. This saves the awkwardness of informing your manager in their office and then having to run back to your desk to hastily write a resignation letter to give to them.

During your notice period be conscious to not let your standards drop and leave a good impression. Make sure your boss knows how proactive you’ve been in completing your handover – It makes things a lot easier when it comes to settling any outstanding salary, holiday entitlement or commission owed to you, and is always important if you decide to use your current employer as a reference in the future.

Final Thoughts

Think carefully if your employer makes a counter-offer to keep you on board. Will this change the reasons that made you want to leave in the first place? Will the dynamic between you and your manager or colleagues be effected by you thinking of leaving? Be mindful that over 50% of candidates who accept a counter-offer are back on the job-market within 60 days.

We’re here for you if you need any advice on your next move. Give us a call on 028 9099 4111. Don't forget to 'Like' us on Facebook Facebook.com/BlackFoxSolutions1 and stay up-to-date with more jobseekers advice and industry news on Twitter @SolutionsFox

Posted: 21/10/16

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