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ONE of the harder things to do in life can be to quit your job and embark on a new career pathway.
While leaving a job can be difficult – and potentially an awkward situation – there are ways to ensure that employees leave on good terms and cultivate a reputation as a professional who future employers want to hire.
Regardless of how long you have been with your employer, it is always wise to leave on good terms.
Give your employer plenty of notice
The minimum amount of notice an employee needs to give should be contained in their contract, award or enterprise agreement.
Employees are also allowed to give more notice than required; this option is a good way to make sure your employer will be able to manage the transition, especially if the resignation was unexpected.
However be aware that an employer can decide that more notice is not required and can choose to let the employee work for the minimum notice period only.
Stay active until the very last day
Even if you only have a few weeks left on the job, it doesn’t mean that should be a period of relaxation.
An employee should try to be as active and engaged as possible up until their very last day when working in any industry.
To remain fully engaged at a company, an employee could offer to help a current employer find their replacement, including assisting them in training so they are ready to step into your former role on their first day.
This can be especially helpful in many meat and livestock industry jobs that are technical and may require particular training or knowledge.
An employee should also make sure they complete all their projects or leave them in a way that the next person can finish them without too much difficulty.
It is important that in their final weeks, employees act with a sense of professionalism so their employer will view them in a positive light.
While it might feel good at the time, quitting by dramatic outbursts or making a scene is not recommended as it will likely hurt you more in the long run.
Reputation is important in any career, and you don’t want to be seen as a potential liability for future employers.
By acting professionally you should be able to leave on good terms with your employer, who can then be a referee for your abilities and may even be a great connection in the future.
Source: Meat Processors Pty Ltd