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What NOT to Do When Leaving a Job

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by Elizabeth Punshon

over 3 years ago

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During my time with people2people I have heard some weird and wonderful reasons for candidates leaving roles.  As consultants sit around telling each other about the latest scandal, each more outrageous and unexpected than the next, I think to myself, "Do these candidates not know any better?" Not only have they ruined their relationship with the recruitment consultant and burnt bridges with the entire agency, but they are also losing out on vital references for future roles. I thought I would take this opportunity to list some of the most memorable stories that have come across my desk and how the candidate could have possibly handled the situation a bit more professionally (to say the least).

1. Send an email/text message to your consultant to inform them you are not going to work anymore, then don't return their calls.

This approach will automatically tarnish your reputation with the recruitment consultant, agency, and company you worked for. Your employer won’t appreciate it, and your chances of getting references from the organisation will be zero. Therefore, even if you hate your job, you still need to be professional when leaving.

2. Create a Facebook announcement before or after resigning, telling everyone you have found another bigger, higher-paying job.

Always be discreet when letting your friends and family know you have found a new job. Of course it’s exciting news, and it’s only natural to want to tell the world, but keep in mind that social networks can be seen by former colleagues, friends of friends, or your boss! Your announcement can taint your reputation going forward.

3. Leave in a dramatic and emotional exit.

Whatever the circumstances when leaving your current position, refrain from making it an emotional departure. Getting nasty towards colleagues and the company is a pointless exercise. If there is an issue with an employer, you should address it discreetly and professionally. It will often help the recruiter manage expectations going forward for both parties when describing the culture, work ethic and job responsibilities.

4. No show, no call, no email, no nothing.

It is unprofessional to leave your job without a decent warning. You will instantly ruin your glowing track record. A proper resignation, preferably with a respectable time period, should be provided to the employer/recruitment consultant out of courtesy and respect. Leaving your job can be a positive transition for all parties. You have the power to ensure that leaving your current employer strengthens your relationship and reputation rather than tarnishing it.

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