How to Quit Your Job Gracefully

Dos and Don’ts For Quitting Your Job

It’s time to leave your job. Whether you worked there for only a few months or for a significant portion of your life, it is important that you leave with grace to keep within good standing with the company.

Just because you are moving on to a new journey in your life does not mean that you should throw away the growth and experiences you attained while working at this company. Be kind, be courteous, and don’t burn the bridge.

1. If You Can, Give at Least Two-Weeks Notice

Once you know for sure that you are going to be leaving your company, you should let your employer know. It is customary to give your company two-weeks notice so that they have time to prepare for your transition.

With that being said, you don’t want to give notice that you are leaving too early. If you are planning on moving six months into the future, you can keep it to yourself until the time gets closer. Unfortunately, some bosses may terminate your position early on because they know that you won’t be there for much longer. They also may hold off on promotion and raises for the same reason.

Sometimes it isn’t possible to give two-weeks notice, but that’s okay. For example, a few years ago I had a coworker come into work saying that Friday was going to be his last day (he told us on a Wednesday). His father had suddenly fallen ill, and he lived in South America. My coworker was moving back home to help take care of his family, and time was of the essence. Because he was upfront and honest about why he was leaving so suddenly, he still kept within good graces with the company.

2. Be Kind and Humble/ Don’t Burn the Bridge

This is not the time to tell your boss that you always thought that they were a jerk, or to finally tell one of your coworkers to “Go to Hell.” Also, if you are leaving your job for a much better job, don’t rub that into your coworkers’ faces.

Just because you are leaving does NOT mean that these people will no longer be a part of your professional life. You should make sure that everyone with whom you worked closely becomes a connection on LinkedIn. If at all possible, ask your supervisors if they’d be willing to write you a letter of recommendation. I still have a letter of recommendation from a boss I had nearly five jobs ago that I still use on job applications.

When it comes to your coworkers, these are people that might help you find work later down the line, so don’t burn this bridge either. Tell them that you enjoyed your time working with them, that you wish them all the best, and to keep in contact.

3. Be Honest About Why You Are Leaving

When you go through a break-up, you immediately are struck with the question “Why?” To some degree, the same thing happens to your boss. They want to know why you are leaving, and if there is anything that they can do to get you to stay.

Give the honest reasons for why you are leaving. If you are leaving due to a problem you encountered with the work environment, let your boss know. They can potentially fix this problem so that no other employee needs to deal with it.

If the reason why you are leaving feels overly personal, you can keep it vague. For example, a relative of mine once left a job because they were moving after a bitter divorce. She didn’t want her personal business to become office gossip after she left. She told her employer that she was moving, and kept it at that.

4. If Your Boss Wants You to Stay, Hear Them Out

If you are leaving your job for a new job, it is probably because they are either paying you more money and/or giving you work you prefer. Once you tell your boss that you are leaving, they might make you an offer to get you to stay. This offer may include more pay, better hours, new benefits, or even promotion.

Even if there is nothing your boss could possibly offer to get you to stay, hear them out. It’s important to stay respectful. Simply tell your boss that your new opportunity is too good to pass up and that you owe it to yourself to give it a go. Also let them know that you are grateful for your time with the company.

5. If Possible, Suggest Someone to Replace You

Now that your previous job is going to have a vacancy, you might be able to suggest someone to fill that role.

If you have a friend or previous coworker that is looking for work, and would be a good fit for your company, they might be able to replace you. Talk to this person beforehand to see if they would be interested in working your old job. Give them an idea on what the work environment is like, what the job entails, and what they can expect for compensation. If they seem up to the task, suggest to your boss that they replace you.

Offering a replacement is a great way to help out your old company and a friend in one fell swoop. However, don’t suggest a friend to replace you just because they need a job. If your friend gets hired and does a horrible job, you can burn the bridge with your old job, and possibly tarnish the friendship if they get fired.

Now that your previous job is going to have a vacancy, you might be able to suggest someone to fill that role.

If you have a friend or previous coworker that is looking for work, and would be a good fit for your company, they might be able to replace you. Talk to this person beforehand to see if they would be interested in working your old job. Give them an idea on what the work environment is like, what the job entails, and what they can expect for compensation. If they seem up to the task, suggest to your boss that they replace you.

Offering a replacement is a great way to help out your old company and a friend in one fell swoop. However, don’t suggest a friend to replace you just because they need a job. If your friend gets hired and does a horrible job, you can burn the bridge with your old job, and possibly tarnish the friendship if they get fired.

6. On Your Last Day, Celebrate With Your Co-workers

This may sound a bit silly because you don’t want to celebrate the fact that you’re gone. However, you should celebrate your time with the company and this new stage in your life.

It is customary for some jobs to throw a “going away” party for coworkers that are leaving. However, don’t expect to get one. If you do get one, be grateful and thank each person in attendance.

On your last day, you could bring in doughnuts or pizza for your coworkers. If you have a lot of coworkers and a limited pizza budget, you can instead suggest that you all go out for drinks or dinner after work.

This celebration is a great way to leave a final good impression with your coworkers and supervisors. Remember, you may need these connections in the future. You may even want to work for this company again later on in life. Whatever the case may be, you don’t want to leave a sour taste in their mouth if you have the option to leave the taste of a doughnut instead.

7. Don’t Feel Guilty About Leaving

When you work at the same job for a long time, they can start to feel like family. Many of us make the best friends of our lives and even meet our spouses through our jobs.

However, at the end of the day, it is still just a job.

Most companies realize that they are a stepping-stone in your career and not the end of the journey. Although it is okay to get emotional about your departure, don’t let your feelings for your coworkers or job keep you from what is best for you and your career.

Through the magic of social media, you can still remain friends with your coworkers virtually. You can also exchange phone number so you can still see each other after work and on weekends.

8. Get Ready For Your Next Step

Now is not the time for tears, but for excitement! You are about to embark on this next step in your life, and you should put your best foot forward! If you are looking for a new job, that starts with a sharp resume! Consult with a professional resume writer to ensure your resume will be noticed by the companies where you want to work.

How to Deal With Office Gossips

It’s uncomfortable when someone spreads rumors. What should you do? How do you handle it? Read on for valuable tips for dealing with office gossips.

The Best Ways to Deal With Office Gossip

As your coworkers gather around the water cooler, you’re bound to hear someone say, “Did you hear about Mark,” “Can you believe what happened to Lauren,” or “What do you think is going on with “Jamie?”

That’s right, you have just stumbled upon some office gossip. Although some juicy gossip can buy some short-term entertainment, it can cause some irreparable harm to your workplace.

Office gossip cannot only lower morale, but it can cause people to lose their jobs. If you hear some coworkers gossiping, follow these steps to keep the situation from getting worse.

1. Quell the Situation With Your Words

When you hear one of your coworkers starting to gossip, there are things you can say to quash it in its tracks.

Some things you can say include:

  • That’s none of our business
  • We shouldn’t talk behind their back
  • That’s their business
  • I don’t want to talk about that

After you saying that, try to change the subject to something work related.

2. Tell Your Coworker About the Gossip Being Spread About Them

Even though you don’t want to hear about any office gossip, there is a chance that it will be spread regardless. If this happens, you should tell your coworkers that someone is spreading a rumor about them.

Depending on the rumor, this could be awkward, but tell them that you are coming to them as a concerned coworker and that you would want them to do the same were the situation reversed.

3. Got to Your Supervisor or Confront the Gossipers

Once you’ve told your coworker about the rumor, encourage them to speak with a supervisor about the situation. Also, discourage them from confronting the gossipers directly if they seem hotheaded. If your coworker can settle the situation civilly with the gossipers, that’s optimal, but if it will turn into a screaming match, it’s best to avoid that entirely.

If the rumor is toxic, personal, or career-threatening, you should go directly to your supervisor. Starting a rumor about someone being in an elicit or illegal activity is not something to take lightly.

4. If the Rumor is True, Act Accordingly

If you tell your coworker about the rumor spread about them, there is a chance that you’ll learn that the rumor is true.

Most likely, if the rumor is true, you should still encourage your coworker to either confront the gossipers or go to your supervisor. However, in some scenarios you might want to consider other options.

If you learn that your coworker’s well-being is in danger, you might want to consider that they speak with the Human Resources Department, or even the police. For example, if your coworker is involved in a sexual relationship with someone at the company, encourage them to disclose the situation to HR. If you learn that their life is in danger for one reason or another, go to the police. If you learn that they have severe depression and that they are growing unstable, encourage them to consult HR and look into seeing a therapist.

You might also learn that your coworker is involved with something illegal, and are unwilling to stop. In this situation, you should bring this information to your supervisor.

5. What if Someone Starts a Rumor or Gossips About You?

If you have an office bully, there is an entire other article you need to consult. However, if you learn that someone has started a rumor about you, we recommend that you do the following:

First, you should record the instance. Log when you heard the rumor, who you heard it from and what the rumor was.

Second, you should tell the person you heard it from that the rumor is false and to stop spreading it.

How to Nail Your Phone Interview

With the increase in remote work, telephone interviews are becoming more common. Learn tip and tricks for making the phone interview go smoothly.

How to nail the phone interview.

Tips for Phone Interviews

Even when the whole world isn’t under quarantine, some businesses still conduct most of their interviews over the phone. Even though a phone interview seems like a just like a normal interview but over the phone, there are things that you need to do differently in order to nail the interview.

Schedule the Interview For a Specific Time

If a company says that they are going to call you “on Tuesday,” ask for a more concrete time to speak with them. Not every place will be able to give you a definite time that they are going to call you, but you can get a general time like “after noon” or “toward the end of the day.”

Make Sure That You are Somewhere Quiet

If you are doing a phone interview, you are probably doing it either from home, your car, or your current job. If you are doing it from your current job, tell your supervisor that you are expecting a personal phone call and will need to step aside. You do not need to explain what the call is. Also, if you’re making the call at work, make sure you are somewhere private. Don’t interview for a new job in front of everyone at your current job. If this means you need to leave the office and take the call outside or from your car, do that instead.

If you are taking the call from home, make sure that you are somewhere private and quiet as well. If you have roommates or family at home, tell them that you are about to have an important phone call and cannot be disturbed.

Take a Deep Breath And Chill Out Before the Call

When you are interviewed face-to-face, you are being judged not only by what is on your resume, but how you look and present yourself. Since the interviewer cannot see you, they can only go off what is on your resume, and how you sound. If you tend to get nervous, take some time to calm down before the interview. You don’t want to sound panicked or frazzled over the phone when you are talking to them. Speak slowly to avoid slurring your words.

Prepare For Technical Difficulties

Technology tends to fail at the worst possible moments. Before your interview, make sure that your phone is charged, and that you have solid service. If you have a laptop, bring it just in case. If the phone call is not working, you can send a quick email explaining the problem, and see if you can set up a call via Zoom or Skype because you have your laptop on you. Remember, you don’t want the most memorable thing about the interview to be that they could barely hear you and it wasted both of your time.

Put the Call on Speakerphone and Take Notes

If you are being interviewed in person, taking notes is always a good idea. This does not change just because you are on the phone. Put the call on speakerphone, and take notes during your interview.

Use All of the Same Best Practices For Normal Interviews

Just because you are doing a phone interview does not mean that you shouldn’t conduct yourself as you do in a typical in-person interview. Follow all of the same best practices we have discussed in previous articles on how to nail interviews:

How to Productively Work From Home

More workers than ever are working from home. While this can be appealing here are some tips to make working at home productive.

How to Work From Home Like a Pro

During this pandemic, there’s a good chance that you just started working from home. If you’ve never worked from home before, this transition might feel a little bit weird. As such, it might be hard to stay productive. Along with your family and/or roommates, you have all of your home’s distractions that can keep you from your work.  

There are things you can do to stay productive, and avoid distractions. Remember, this pandemic is going to end, and you want to prove to your employer that you are just as much of an asset at home as you are in the office.

Don’t Drop Your Day-to-Day Standards And Routine

Since you are working from home, you no longer have to worry about the commute to work. This means you can sleep-in a bit longer. However, you shouldn’t drop your normal routine entirely. The pandemic will eventually end and you will eventually go back to your normal routine. As a result, if you change your routine, it will be hard to go back to it once the pandemic is over. Don’t sleep in to excess, and don’t drop your morning routine.

Furthermore, don’t drop your standards too much for how you dress and present yourself. Shower and shave just as frequently as you did before. Also, just because you can work in your pajamas doesn’t mean that you should. First, you need to make sure that you look presentable for video-conference calls. You don’t want your coworkers to see you in your Scooby-Doo pajamas or your bathrobe. Studies also show that dressing properly for work makes you more efficient.

If you typically wear a suit to work, you obviously don’t need to wear a suit in your home every day. However, you should dress nice enough so that you look presentable, but are still comfortable.

Choose Your Working Area Wisely

When you heard you were going to be working from home, you probably immediately imagined yourself on your couch with your laptop typing with your right hand and surfing Netflix with your left. This is not a good idea.

Sure, some of us can stay productive while the TV plays in the background, but this isn’t the case for all of us. Also, if you sit in your couch you are much more likely to fall asleep and have an unexpected midday nap. If you have an office at your home, that might be your best bet. If not, the kitchen or dining room table is fair game as well.

Make sure wherever you work is both quiet and private enough for you. If you are going to be in video-conference meetings, your coworkers don’t want to hear “Tiger King” on Netflix in the background, or see your kids running around like crazy.

Discuss Your Work Needs With Your Family/Roommates

Even though you are at home, you are still on the clock. Just because you are home it doesn’t mean that you can goof around with your family and roommates during working hours.

Before you start working, let your family and roommates know how long you will be working, and that you cannot be disturbed unless it is an emergency. There’s a good chance that someone else in your home will also be working, so make sure that the two of you can both do your jobs to the best of your abilities without getting in each other’s way.

Make Your Work Space Your Own

Your home is filled with distractions and temptations that can keep you from getting your work done. However, there are things at home that can make for a happier and even a more productive work environment.

Since you currently don’t have any desk mates or nearby coworkers, you can play some music while you work. You can also stock your area with all of your favorite snacks and refreshments

 If you have a cat or a dog, feel free to invite them into your office to give you some company. You might get lonely or stir crazy by yourself, and studies show that animals in the workplace can help reduce stress and up office morale!

Let Your Employer Know Your Needs

Since you are stuck at home, you probably have a lot more at-home responsibilities that take up your time. Laundry might be piling up, you need to shop for groceries, you need to cook more, and you need to clean more. As a result, your normal hours of operation might not be feasible any longer.

Let your boss know what times are going to work for you and if your schedule can be flexible. The worst they can do is say “no.” If they do say “no,” figure out how you schedule your at-home responsibilities around your work schedule. Maybe you can spend your breaks switching out the laundry loads or throwing some chicken in the crockpot. 

If you can adjust your hours, you can work later, and go to the grocery store or do some cleaning during the day!

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Why is it Important to Have a Positive Social Media Presence?

Maintaining a professional presence on social media is becoming more and more important. Follow these tips and tricks on how to keep your online presence clean while still having an outlet to vent.

“Big Brother” is Always Watching You on Social Media

It goes without saying that having a presence on social media has become more of a necessity than a luxury at this point.

Sure, Facebook is still the place where you go to see your friends obnoxiously post pictures of their kids; Instagram is still the place where you post pictures of your food and look at memes; and Twitter is still the place where you learn what celebrities and influencers are up to. However, your own presence on all of these platforms reflect who you are to not just your friends and family, but also potential employers.

According to an article from CareerBuilder, about 70% of employers snoop through the social media profiles of their job candidates. With that being said, are you comfortable with potential employers seeing everything on your social media accounts?

If the answer to that is “no,” fear not! There are several things that you can do to help clean up your social media presence, and how to keep some things private.

Google yourself

A good way to start off this exercise is by Googling your name and seeing what comes up. If you have a relatively common name, maybe through your hometown or state after your name to help narrow down your results.

Once you find results related to you, take a close look at them. Ask yourself if these are the results you would want to see if you were hiring yourself. Articles about your achievements, examples of your work, and links to your social media profiles are all great things.

I Google myself regularly to make sure I maintain a positive image online. While looking one time, I tracked down an old blogging profile I made back when I was in middle school. It was full of typos, cringe-worthy things only a dumb pre-teen would say, and absolutely nothing of benefit to myself albeit a few laughs. I was able to have it taken down in a matter of minutes, but if that would have been the only thing a potential employer had to gain information about me, I would have been in trouble.

If you find anything negative, you can typically get it taken down relatively quickly. You might need to remember some old log-in information, or send a few emails, but it should be simple. Once you’ve done that, you can ensure that only positive things pop up when you are Googled. Trust us, not Googling yourself can be one of your biggest mistakes in your job search!

Why Not Just Go Completely Off the Grid?

Your first thought might be, “Why not just shut down all of my social media accounts so they can’t see anything?”

Sure, if you delete your social media presence entirely then potential employers won’t have anything of yours to see. However, that is not necessarily a good thing.

If you do not have any social media presence, it means you are not networking online, which can turn off a lot of employers. Many jobs require that you send them a link to your LinkedIn profile when you apply, and not having one can get your resume tossed in the bin before you even get a chance to interview. At the minimum, you should at least have a LinkedIn profile for employers to see.

If you are looking for a job in media, you should have accounts across the board: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn. Not only do you want to show that you can network on these platforms, but also that you know how to use these platforms as that may be part of your job!

What Should I Post and Avoid Posting

When it comes to what you can post, ask yourself if what you are posting will be jarring or alienating to others before you post it. Major updates in your life, pictures from vacations and events, and check-ins at your usual hangouts are all absolutely fine. Problems typically come into play when you start posting opinions on social media that shake the proverbial hive.

None of this means that you aren’t allowed to keep posting and sharing your thoughts and feelings on social media; it just means that you should be more sensitive of other thoughts and feelings on social media before posting.

For example, you can show support to causes and candidates that mean a great deal to you, but you should avoid personally posting about most things that are political and religious. Political posts and religious posts can be problematic for employers even if they agree with your stances. Once hired, you will be a representative of their company, and they don’t want your posts to alienate clientele with opposing viewpoints.

Keeping Accounts Private

If posting your in-depth thoughts on subjects like politics or religion on social media is important to you, there is a way to still make it happen. You can make another account with no affiliation with yourself. Don’t attach your name or any of your contact information to the account, and use it to offer your opinions to your audience.

Many people have an Instagram or Twitter account that is only used for posting memes, getting political, or for promoting their side hustles. None of these things need to flood your personal profile, so keeping these separately is a great way to keep your professional image untarnished while still allowing you to have an outlet.

Posting on LinkedIn is Different From Posting Elsewhere

LinkedIn is for business and for updates in your professional life. Your vacation to Cancun, your nephew’s Bar Mitzvah and your thoughts on the newest Toy Story movie do not need to be on LinkedIn.

The main things you will be doing on your LinkedIn are making connections, keeping your page up to date, and exploring work opportunities. However, there are opportunities to post on LinkedIn. Articles related to business, professional growth or your industry can and should be shared. post the article with your own thoughts on what is being discussed. By doing so, you’re inviting others to join the discussion. Once others start to comment, their connections will begin to see your post, and your network will then continue to grow!

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How to Follow Up on an Interview

You just aced a job interview!

You leave the office feeling so good about the interview, and you cannot wait to hear back. You know that you should follow up, but how should you do it and what should you say?

You know you need to say something, but you don’t want to come off as too cocksure or disinterested. It’s like having a great date. You want to see the person again, but you don’t know when to reach out or what to say!

In this article, we will discuss some methods of how to follow up with an interview, so that you can start your new job!

The purpose of the follow up

The reason you are following up with the company is to thank them, and to get more information. What is this information you may ask? You are looking to see if there are any updates in the interview/hiring process, and you are looking to see if they want to schedule a follow up interview with you. If in your previous interview you were told that you may speak with another person at the company before a final decision is made, see if you can get that interviewed in the calendar!

When to send a follow up

In general, you should follow up within 24 hours of your interview. At this point, you are still fresh in their minds. However, at least wait until the following day to send them a follow up. If you send one from your car in the parking lot of the building where you were just interviewed, that’s way too soon.

Should I do an email or phone call

If you have been communicating with the company mainly through email, then you should send an email. If you have mainly been communicating via the phone, give them a call. However, make sure that you follow up with the person that interviewed; not necessarily your point point of contact.

For example, if you were mainly communicating with a talent acquisition company or a hiring coordinator, but you interviewed with a manager of a company, send your follow up to the manager. They are the one who is going to make the ultimate decision.

Prepare what you want to say in your follow up

It’s not a bad idea to have a notebook on hand with a few talking points nearby if you’re following up over the phone. If you have any questions about the job, additional comments about your experience, requests for another interview, or anything else you might need.

When you send an email to the recruiter, make certain to go over every word. You can tell the interviewer how much you enjoyed the interview, where additional information can be found, and if there is anything else you can tell them or send them. Quite often, job recruiters will ask for examples of your work or references after an interview.

During your follow-up interview

At this point in the process, you are probably starting to get very excited. When you get to the second interview, most people will tell you that this means you 100% got the job. This is not necessarily true, so you need to be sure you nail this interview.

You are going to behave very similarly to how you did during your first interview.

Often times, you will be interviewing with somebody other than who you interviewed with the first time. Make sure that you know your resume backwards and forwards as they will more than likely ask you specific questions about something on your resume.

Dress up to the same degree as you did in your first interview if not a little nicer. It is important for them to see that you can pull yourself together more than once.

At the end of the interview, ask for a timeline. Ask them when they are looking to make a final decision, and when that person will start. Ask them if you can have one of their business cards so that you can send them a thank you the following day.

Concluding the follow up

Remember, if they asked for a follow-up interview with you, it means that they are interested in you. You haven’t necessarily landed the job yet, but you are a bit closer.

Sending a thank you or a follow-up message after an interview is both good manners and also a best practice when it comes to searching for a job. Follow these steps, and you will impress employers and yourself!

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