How you depart a job leaves a lasting impression on those you worked for and with. Since you will likely need a reference from that job at some point in the future, you want to leave on as positive note as possible. It is also an amazingly small world these days and you could easily cross paths with those former colleagues in the future.
Once you have given your notice, here are some key things to do:
- If you don’t already have up-to-date documentation on your key responsibilities, prepare it as soon as possible so there is time for someone to review it and ask questions while you are still there.
- Organize and label your files so others can easily find what they need.
- Review your key responsibilities with your manager and ask if there is someone you should train on various functions to provide interim coverage.
- Leave all your work surfaces clean. Don’t leave personal items in your desk when you leave.
- Be sure you let key people you interact with on a regular basis know that you are leaving.
- Turn in keys, ID cards, passwords, etc.
- Participate in your HR exit interview if requested. It is a valuable opportunity for them to gather information.
- Thank your manager as you leave for the experience you had there.
- Clarify how you want to be contacted if they have questions – home email? Phone, etc?
Be positive and professional from the moment you give your notice until you walk out the door for the final time. Your efforts will be rewarded down the road by those you worked with and for as you receive positive references etc in the future.
Do you still have responsibility to that employer? Yes. You are still being paid by them until you leave. It is professional courtesy to honor your commitments to the end and leave things organized and documented for the next person in that position.