So, you’re leaving your current employer for a new opportunity. It’s something that has become the norm rather than the exception to the rule. In today’s work world, people move around a lot. Many move every 3 to 5 years.

How you choose to make your exit is important for your future. You should always try to do things the right way, even if you didn’t have a great experience. What should you make sure you do before you leave? Our software recruiters have you covered. Use the checklist below to make a proper exit:

software recruiters do these things before quitting a job checklist


Give proper notice

Abide by the notice period specified in your employment contract or company policy. This allows your employer time to find a replacement or transition your responsibilities. If possible, be flexible and work with your employer to ensure they are covered.

Offer to assist with training your replacement

No one knows your job better than you. Offer to train your replacement or the person who will be covering your job until a replacement is found. Create a comprehensive handover document outlining your tasks, processes, and responsibilities for your successor or team members.

Be honest during the exit interview

Participate in an exit interview if your company conducts one. Provide constructive feedback about your experience and reasons for leaving. This information can be highly useful for your employer to make improvements.

Return company property

Return all company-owned items, such as laptops, keys, access cards, and any other equipment or materials. Ensure nothing is left behind or at home. You don’t want to have to make a trip back to the office.

Unsubscribe from company resources

Remove yourself from company email lists, groups, and communication channels, and disable access to your work-related accounts.

Review your employment contract

Review your employment contract to ensure you understand any post-employment obligations, such as non-compete or non-disclosure clauses. You’ll also want to understand your employee benefits, including health insurance, retirement plans, and stock options. Make necessary arrangements for transferring or rolling over retirement accounts.

Ask for references and recommendations

Request letters of recommendation or references from colleagues or supervisors who can vouch for your skills and work ethic. If you give proper notice and do your best to help out while you transition out of the company, you’ll be more likely to receive a strong recommendation.

Stay connected

Stay connected with former colleagues on professional networking platforms like LinkedIn. Building and maintaining your professional network is crucial. Make sure they have your updated contact information and you have theirs.

Update your resume and social profiles

Update your resume and online professional profiles to reflect your current job status and responsibilities.

Say goodbye and thank you

Say goodbye to your colleagues and express your gratitude for their support and camaraderie. Share contact information to stay in touch if desired.

Leaving a job gracefully is important for your professional reputation and future opportunities. Taking these steps can help ensure a smooth transition and positive relationships with your former employer and colleagues.


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Jace Ermidis Sales Recruiter

Jace Ermidis

Jace is a Senior Director, Client Services with IQ PARTNERS as well as our sales division SalesForce Search, where he specializes in Technology and SaaS recruitment. Jace is motivated by watching his clients grow locally, nationally, and internationally. Knowing that he plays an integral role in their growth and success is what he gets out of bed for.

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