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You've Accepted an Offer! Now how to break it to your current employer?

High contributors/long-time employees will rock an organization with news of an exit and need to take extra precautions before resigning.


1 โ€” ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฆ๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ข๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ. Make sure you have signed the official offer before mentioning anything! A verbal offer won't cut it. You need to make sure nothing will fall through before notifying your current employer.


Recruiter Kelli Hrivnak adds, "Wait for the background check and any other contingencies to pass."


2 โ€” ๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜ ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ. What's in print might not reveal what is in practice. Your formal job description might not include your full scope. For a clean handoff, make sure everything has coverage.


3 โ€”๐—Ÿ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฝ๐˜€. Minimize interruptions for contracts and preferred partners by building relationships among your contacts and successor.


Loren Greiff of Portfolio Rocket adds to share client notes, such as likes and dislikes. "If you're you're the primary point of contact, you know the nuances better than anyone else, so best to ensure that relationship remains intact even when you're out the door!"


4 โ€” ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ/๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ? Create collateral/video on processes, shortcuts, company history, or legacy products/services that your organization can use moving forward.


Shelley Piedmont of Career GPS says, "I organized my online life into files and made a cheat sheet to find all critical material with my latest departure."


5 โ€” ๐—œ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ณ๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ. If possible, offer a few referrals. Consider if the role should be divided into 1, 2, or 3 lower-level roles.


Katelyn Richards of Sweet Careers adds, "You might even be able to personally train your replacement to take some of the burden off of your company on your way out the door โ€” this can go a long way to ensuring a smooth transition."


6 โ€” ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ผ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐˜„๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ? Consider who deserves 1:1 versus a group notification.


Matt Tooker of Next Chapter Career Transitions advises exiting employees to quickly notify your own boss, "Never, ever let her/him find out before you have the chance to break the news."


7 โ€” ๐—ฃ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—˜๐˜…๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—œ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„. At most, list 2-3 points and keep it focused on positive ideas to keep your network intact. If it sounds like complaining, you might not be ready to share.


8 โ€” ๐—ฃ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ. No guarantees they'll offer one, but if you're definitely leaving, you'll want to let them down easily.


If you're open to considering a counter, know what you would need to stay.


9 โ€” ๐—ช๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ด๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ. They won't remember what was said. Outline your intentions, timeline, key handoff points, and a clear end date.


Also, if you have a start date that extends a few months out and you have a financial cushion, consider if need headspace prior to the new role.


10 โ€” ๐—ช๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜†-๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐—ธ ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—น. You can better control the voice, tone, and cadence of communications if you personally write it.


11 โ€” ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€. Essentially, this is a Thank You letter for the company. Keep it positive!


Don't start bragging about your new role just yet. This piece of content is about appreciating the company/coworkers and leave a positive impression.


12 โ€” ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐——๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐˜. Similar to the internal letter, but for public consumption. It can be posted on your social platforms to notify of your formal departure.


13 โ€” Individual ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ก๐—ผ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€. Personal thank you notes should be reserved for your valued relationships and colleagues. Depending on the time of year, it might be appropriate to wrap it into your season's greetings.


14 โ€” ๐—ฅ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€. Add value and show you care about your friends and colleagues outside your former role.


No clear cutoff? Wait until after you leave.

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