Not everyone likes their job. Maybe you dislike your boss or your co-workers. Or maybe you might feel like it is time to move on to a new career, or go back to school. There are many reasons people decide to quit their jobs. But before you give in and tell them you’re ready to go (or where you think they should go), stop! Take a step back and evaluate your situation first. Labor law attorneys agree that a little forethought and planning will save plenty of headaches once you leave. Here are a few things to do before you head out the door for the last time:
Get a Plan Together
Labor law attorneys agree that ‘planning is everything’. Once you quit, there is usually no turning back, according to most employment attorneys. Before you quit your job, look into possible alternatives, such as moving to a different department, or to a different position within the company. These alternatives may provide a better option than just quitting.
Figure out Your Finances
One of the first things you should do before you quit your job is to figure how you plan to pay for all of your expenses. Nothing will ruin a person faster than not having enough money to cover bills and expenses. Nothing is more devastating than losing your place to live because you didn’t plan out how to pay rent before you quit. Because you took the step to quit your job, say labor law attorneys, unemployment is not an option.
Take the time to evaluate your expenses and how much you will earn after you leave your job. Make a budget, and reduce expenses if necessary. If you have substantial savings or a 401K, you may want to speak with a financial advisor to understand your options before you leave.
Update your Resume and LinkedIn Profile
Before you decide it’s time for you to move on, you should make sure you look as good as possible to potential employers. Take the time to update your resume and your LinkedIn profile. If you do not have a LinkedIn profile yet, now is the best time to start one. You can mention your former job in your employment history. However, it’s generally not recommended to add them as a reference, since you took the step to leave. You may also want to consider the implications of leaving their contact details if you left suddenly.
Save your Work Samples and Remove Personal Goods
Before you leave your job, it’s a good idea to gather some of your work samples and examples of your good performance and work history at your current position. If you suddenly quit and walk off your job, they may not let you return to gather much other than personal belongings (if that). Anything to show how your skills and talents helped the company you left will likely be inaccessible.
So labor law attorneys agree that you should gather a few samples of your best work and accomplishments from your former position. Be careful, however, that you do not remove anything proprietary or confidential to the company. This could put you into legal hot water beyond what a labor law attorney may handle.
Leave With Grace and Dignity
One of the worst things you can do is to go out ‘in a blaze of glory’. Although you may have seen videos online of former employees burning their bosses as they step out the door, don’t follow their example. Labor law attorneys agree this is one of the worst things you can do. Even if you think your boss or co-workers really deserve it, making a big deal of your exit from a company is never a good option.
You will certainly ‘burn your bridge’ of ever returning to the company again. But rumors do travel, even between companies. Especially if you make a big deal of your exit. The larger you make your exit, the more people who will see you as ‘that person who quit in a grandiose fashion’. You truly never know where you’ll see any of these people later in life. So employment attorneys always say that the best exit is the graceful one. Keeping your poise and grace intact is always the best option. Let your ‘burn’ be how great your life and career is after leaving your former job.
Get Labor Law Attorneys Involved if Foul Play is Involved
If you are thinking of quitting due to a harassing boss or co-worker, labor lawyers agree that may not be the best thing to do. Workplace harassment is still common, and should not be tolerated by anyone. It is best to contact a lawyer first, and follow through from there. If you feel like you are the subject of harassment in the workplace, you should definitely call an experienced labor law attorney. And the top California employment law attorney you should call is right here, at the Law Offices of Cathe L. Caraway-Howard. With Cathe’s knowledge and experience, her team of expert labor law attorneys can help you get the treatment you deserve. This way, you won’t have to take the more difficult way out.