How to Leave Your Current Job Well

Relode loves placing healthcare professionals in new positions, so much so, we made a whole business out of connecting people to new healthcare jobs through peer-sourced recruitment. Pursuing new career opportunities is exciting, and as we all know, the process of changing jobs incurs a range of challenges and important conversations. Preparing yourself and your team as you leave takes intentionality, and if you fail to leave well, it could potential risk future employment opportunities and break relationships with your current friends and colleagues. Leaving on a good note sets you apart for the future — so as you prepare to leave your current job or contemplate a future one, here are a few things to keep in mind from your friends at Relode:

1. Tell the story that led to your decision

Never underestimate the power of a good story — as much as you can, share the story of how you made the decision to leave. Keep it positive and include information that will help your friends, bosses, and colleagues digest the change and understand why you are excited for the transition. Whether you are moving across the country or to a different section of the hospital, there was a reason and a story behind your choice, and helping people hear that story will always help them empathize with the change and rally behind a healthy transition.

2. Share honest and helpful feedback

When exiting an old job, it can be tempting to complain and to pick apart the negative things about your experience. Keep in mind that your superiors probably want that feedback and want to know how they can make their employees have a better experience. So, do share your honest feedback, but make it helpful and share it with someone who can actually change or fix the problem. Be intentional in your critique to provide actionable items for change, not just unnecessary gossip.

3. Ask for written recommendations

Have an awesome boss at your current job? Hit it off with a couple of your supervisors? Ask them for some written recommendations. You probably aren’t thinking about getting yet another job, but if you ever move on to a new position (after your current new position) you won’t regret having these written recommendations in your back pocket.

4. Prepare for your replacement

Depending on your field, this could look like a million different things. Prepare well for your replacement–think back to when you started the position and ask yourself what would have been helpful to you. Little things like this will be impressive to your boss and leave them feeling positive about your transition out of the job.

5. Express gratitude

Take the time and the intentionality to thank your colleagues, your patients and your bosses. Think through specific instances or moments that you are grateful and recount them. Even in situations that weren’t positive, be thankful for the experiences and the lessons learned while bringing people along in the narrative. Make a point to share with your team that without your experience and your current role, this new opportunity might not be possible.

We love the optimistic attitude of moving on to new things, and if you are considering new healthcare jobs, then try Relode. We have jobs all across the United States and even have sign-on bonuses with each position to celebrate the new season. We believe you deserve it — you take such great care of everyone else, you deserve to be taken care of and celebrated too. But as you do, don’t forget to share the story, be helpful and honest while expressing all sorts of gratitude to the people who have been on the journey with you.

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Alyssa McNally