5 LinkedIn tips for how to resign from your job gracefully
- 15 February, 2013 17:43
Whether you can't wait to tell your employer you're moving on or you're dreading the conversation, your behavior in your last days at a company can leave a lasting impression on your professional reputation.
"Acting graciously-despite what your instincts may tell you-is so important: You can demolish your investment in your career and work relationships if you're not careful," says LinkedIn connection director, Nicole Williams. "Leaving can be hard, but you want to be as elegant and as refined in your departure as possible. Ultimately, it's to your best advantage," she says.
Here's a look at how you can ensure you're remembered fondly by your former employer, plus tips for maintaining your work relationships.
1. Keep it short and keep your cool
"While getting all your grievances off your chest may feel cathartic to you, I promise that weeks or months later when you see your colleagues at an industry event, or are sitting across from that former boss in an interview years later, you'll be wishing you reigned it in," she says. "The world is a small one."
Keep your conversation to less than five minutes, too; anything longer and your risk stumbling and appearing less confident, Williams says.
2. Replace yourself with someone better
Williams says that while replacing yourself with someone better than you may work against your instincts, your employer will be thankful for your efforts and the gesture will ultimately reflect well on you.
"This is something that psychologically may seem counterintuitive but is really important," she says. "You look better by virtue of bringing someone in of a high caliber, and they'll be thankful for that. Use LinkedIn's search capability to identify some candidates, and pass those along before you leave."
The easier your departure is on your boss, the more fondly you will be remembered, Williams says.
3. Say nice things
Once you're gone, continue to say positive things about your employer and former colleagues, Williams recommends.
Don't turn to Facebook to vent now that you're gone from the company, she says. "You may want to vent and feel the need to justify to others why this decision is a good one for you, but don't: Word gets out, and I can guarantee airing your grievances will come back like a game of telephone and probably much worse than what you originally said."
Speaking kindly of your former employer, instead, shows that you're a professional who's not shortsighted. "After all, you never know when you might find yourself back there someday-in a much higher position," Williams says.
4. Update your LinkedIn profile
Williams says that while there's no real rule about when to update your LinkedIn profile, she suggests waiting until your first day at your new job.
"While your former and new employer will have made announcements about you by then, your connections and friends may not know," she says. Update your LinkedIn information and post a status update announcing your new position, Williams recommends.
"In your update, say that while you've enjoyed working for X company, you're now with Y company and this is how they can contact you," Williams says.
And if there are individual LinkedIn contacts you want to make sure know about the change, don't hesitate to reach out and message them on LinkedIn individually.
"They'll feel complimented by the fact that you've taken the time to write to them," she says,
5. Recommend your former colleagues
Williams says that a coworker's departure is what ends up being remembered most, and you want to maintain the relationships you've made over the years. One way to do this: Write your former colleagues a LinkedIn recommendation.
"Highlight what they excel at and how they've helped you when you worked with them," Williams says. "You'll be making new contacts that could be useful to them some day, and vice versa, so it's important to maintain the goodwill and comraderie."
Join the CIO Australia group on LinkedIn. The group is open to CIOs, IT Directors, COOs, CTOs and senior IT managers.
Queensland government to provide 200 services online by 2015
CIOs need to get their house in order, CFO panel says
Is Data Complexity Blinding Your IT Decision-Making?
Why IT projects really fail
CIOs say cost, complexity impede true mobile gains in enterprise
Challenges & Opportunities for Government Data Management in Australia
From almost every angle, the message for Australian government bodies is as clear as it is for their private sector counterparts: do more with less. Effective data management policies are often the best ‘unrealised’ opportunities to directly address these high-level challenges, especially when it comes to government data custodianship.
Is your data centre growing too complex for your backup?
Backing up data today is growing more complex - and in an era of virtualisation, big data and cloud deployments, it can be difficult to maintain control over your data, resulting in loss and downtime. This hour-long webcast features expert commentary on navigating the complexity of backing up a heavily virtualised infrastructure; simplifying your backup software and hardware ecosystem; reducing the cost of backing up your organisation’s data, and modernising your backup infrastructure with integration. The presentations will conclude with an interactive Q&A session.
2014 Foundations of Pathways | 9 Executive Core Business Competencies
CIOs who want to shift their leadership focus beyond the IT function need to cultivate and emphasise leadership competencies that will equip them to lead effectively at the enterprise level and at the business strategy table.