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10 Mistakes to Avoid When Quitting

November 12, 2015

Seeking new opportunities for career progression, we all go through this phase of quitting a current employer and moving on to a new company with better job prospects. However, considering you have already put down your papers and choose to move on, doesn’t give you the choice and freedom to break current organisational rules and quit on a sour note with colleagues and co-workers.

Most times, employees do not take this notice serving period seriously and commit mistakes in the highly enthused and excited spirits to join a new job. Moving on can be made graceful by following some really simple steps, by quitting on a happy note. Here’s how you can win over hearts and leave an indelible impression on minds, as you progress and embark on a new career trajectory in life:

  1. Putting down papers doesn’t give you the freedom to now start throwing tantrums and ignoring work responsibilities. Misbehaving with your bosses and colleagues can only dampen your career prospects and spoil your reputation.
  2. Stop damaging stuffs and stealing office property. Walking out the doors shouldn’t be at the cost of taking excessive printouts on the official printer of your personal salary-slips or stealing proprietary company data.
  3. A proper handover of responsibilities and all company data should be done before you quit. It is important to get a clearance certificate from the HR manager about the handover complete, and resignation acceptance.
  4. Pursue your pending claims with the current employer to make sure all the medical bills and travel compensation is cleared, such that you get all the money before you leave.

See: How to Quit Gracefully?

  1. Exit interview is not an opportune moment for showing your angst and speaking ill about your bosses or co-workers. Discuss only what has been asked for and speak only positives about your team. It’s better to not share negatives with the HR personnel as you quit. Do not hold grudges with your colleagues, as you know life is short and a vicious circle, you never know whom you meet in the near future.
  2. Work with the same intensity as you worked before with a professional approach and shouldering responsibilities till the last day.
  3. Let your work speak after you leave. The impact of tasks you handle will help determine your reputation.
  4. Do not share your future plans. Even if you have job offers on hand, do not talk about it on your current job and showcase excitement with an urge to quit the current workplace at the earliest. Revealing the new opportunity can only cause negativity between colleagues.
  5. Do not badmouth about the current company to your future employer. As you catch up with colleagues or manager, it may be tempting to vent out your angst and frustration about your team mates and bosses. Divulging such dissatisfaction can only make you come across as a disgruntled employee. So it’s to focus on your future career objectives.
  6. Fudging your CV can only spoil your repute. While you might carefully craft your resume for the new role, but do not talk about responsibilities you haven’t actually accomplished in your current company. Most HR managers run a third-party verification check and if they figure out the truth, it could tarnish your reputation in the industry and also cost your job.

Most of it all, quitting gracefully should be your objective and to maintain congenial relationships with your bosses and colleagues in the future.

Also read: What to Do When You Quit Job without a Backup Plan?

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