Monday, November 26, 2012

Three Tips When Transitioning Out of your Job

There may come a time in your career when you amicably transition out of your current job and into a new one. This may be at your current company or at a new company, but - regardless of which -  it will reflect positively on you to make your transition out as smooth as possible. Read the tips below to finish your tenure in your old position strongly.

Strategize with your supervisor: Work with your supervisor to determine what would be the best way for you to spend the time you have left in your position. Undoubtedly there will be projects for your to complete, but which ones should be completed by you as opposed to which ones should be handed off to someone else should be discussed. Ultimately it will be your supervisor's decision, but offer your input based upon your experience and what you think would be best for the company.

Document practices and procedures: Your job may be second nature to you, but to the person (or persons) who will be stepping into your role, it most likely will not be. Create a document detailing the appropriate steps to accomplish certain tasks that are unique to your role and your company. These can include reserving conference rooms, utilizing special pieces of software, a curriculum plan for classes you teach, completing a project proposal, or any other endeavor you feel is important. Further, create a timeline of daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and yearly tasks so he/she knows what to expect and do when. 

Train your replacement: If you are in the position to be able to spend any amount of time with your replacement, do so. Sit down with her to demonstrate the ins-and-outs of your job and provide an orientation to your work unit. Have her actually carry out the tasks and consult with you regarding any questions she may have. With your guidance, she will be able to become acclimated more quickly and feel more comfortable in her new role.

What else would you do when amicably separating from a company so that they are successful? Put your suggestions in the comments below!

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