Career development is important to most of us who want to be recognized and appreciated for our hard work, dedication and experience. With career progression comes salary increases, better job titles, attractive employment packages and more responsibility – things that many of us strive for!
Despite your ambition to progress in your career, the company you work for many think otherwise and not offer you promotion opportunities. In this instance, it is time to leave your job for a new position.
Leaving your current, comfortable job is easier said than done, particularly in the current economic climate, so here are some useful tips on how to leave your job for a better one…
Carefully consider your motives for leaving
The first step to take is to carefully consider why you wish to leave and the pros and cons of doing so. Leaving one job for another, then realizing you were happier in your first job will be devastating, and it is unlikely your previous employer will accept you back.
Get an idea of where you are going
If it is possible, shadow the department of your new workplace and interact with your prospective new colleagues to gauge an understanding of the company, its ethos and how satisfied the employees are. Do this before you hand in your notice with your current employer; you may find that shadowing the new department you hope to work for is not right for you. Approach this situation by asking for a day or even a week's internship at the company to gauge its cultural ethos.
You will need to hand in a letter of resignation to the relevant person, and it is advisable to speak with your line manager as soon as you decide you are leaving the company. Once you have handed in your notice, you will be expected to work the required period as stated in your employment contract.
When writing your letter of resignation you should include the date of which your resignation will become effective, the reason for your leaving and most importantly, you should thank the employer for the opportunity they gave you to work there. You may be asked to sit with your employer to explain your reasons for leaving, and in many instances, the employer may try to resolve the issues you have with the company and your job.
You may be required to train up a new recruit to take over your job before you leave. This is something in which you should be positive about; not only does it show that you have the means to train new employees, but it also shows that you are a valued member of the team. This will also appeal to future employers.
Leave on a good note
Never leave your current employment on a negative note; not only will this hamper your chances of obtaining a positive reference from the manager, but you never know when you may need advice or useful contacts from people you previously worked with.