Congratulations! You’ve been offered a new job, and you accepted the offer. But before you begin your new position, you need to give proper notice to your current employer to let them know you’re leaving.
The customary way to leave a current position is through a two weeks notice. How do you give a proper notice? What’s typically involved in the process?
Here are three tips on how to give a good two weeks notice.
How to Handle a Two Weeks Notice
Put it in Writing – Once you’ve been officially offered a new position and have accepted, you should let your current employer know as soon as possible. In an email, let your manager know that you’ll be joining another company.
He or she doesn’t need to know the details behind your new job, but it’s important to state the last day you’ll be working for your current manager. This way, your manager is clear about how much remaining time he or she has to work with you.
Tie Up Loose Ends – Out of respect for your current employer, you want to do all you can to make their transition to life without you as smooth as possible. A great way to do this is to make a list of all your duties, responsibilities, and other work output you create in your role.
Since you’ll no longer be with the company, someone else will likely need to take over your responsibilities. Offer to train your coworkers to perform the work that you used to handle. It’s also a good idea to document your processes on paper, so that your coworkers will have instructions on how to complete your work to refer to after you’re gone.
Leave on a Good Note – If you’ve worked at your current company for a good amount of time, you’ve likely built relationships with your colleagues. You never want to burn any bridges with your manager and coworkers, because you may cross paths with them again in the future.
Thank your manager for the opportunity to work with him or her, and thank your coworkers for the same as well. A good gesture would be to bring in some snacks on your last day to share with your team, as a sign of your appreciation for your coworkers.
If you follow these tips, you’ll leave your current position on a good note. This will allow you to begin your new role with a sense of excitement!
Do you have any other tips on how to give a two weeks notice?