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Jan 9, 2017
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Everyone has to leave their job for different reasons. Some aspire for a career change, while others want a new environment. Whatever the reason is, starting in a new field is difficult but leaving the old one is even harder. 

Before quitting your old job though, you have to prepare yourself and your employer in order to have a smooth transition with your career shift. You wouldn't want to have any excess baggage, doubts, and disappointments during your first day at your new place of employment.

Consider these steps in order to leave your previous profession with grace and respect.

Save at least six months worth of your salary

Career advisor Brenda Uy of Career Consultants, Inc. says that it will take a maximum of six months for you to successfully get hired by a different company. Saving up at least six months worth of what you used to earn can ensure that you will still be able to live comfortably during your job hunt. 

Don't look for a new job while at your current workplace

"Obviously, this one is simply disrespectful to your current employer and could make you look unprofessional," Uy explains. If you really want to start searching for a new place to work as soon as possible, do it at home. Searching for a job in your office is just rude.  

Don't leave any unfinished work, passwords, and other things to your co-workers if a replacement hasn't been found yet

Give your employer and soon-to-be replacement a break. Make their lives a bit easier by leaving them notes on any unfinished tasks. Hand them the password to your computer to save them some time. "Whatever it is that you have to pass on, do it before your final day in the company. It would be a big help," Uy notes.  

Think of all the valid reasons why you would want to leave your current job

Is it because of your boss? Do you feel stressed due to the load being given to you? If your reason for quitting can easily be fixed without the need to look for a new job, then there's really no need for you to resign yet. You wouldn't want to regret leaving your work just because of a few conflicts. Make sure to weigh all the pros and cons before arriving at a decision. 

Don't be lazy or indifferent during your final month at work

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The moment you signed your contract with your current job, you agreed to all their terms, including working for them for one more month after submitting your resignation letter. Uy suggests that you should abide by these rules and do the best you can during your last few days. "Think of it as a way of thanking your current employer for giving you a chance to work for them."

Lastly, give as much notice as possible

Don't inform your employer a week before you plan to leave. First, it is unprofessional and second, they would have a difficult time looking for your replacement, especially if you've been working for the company for quite some time. "Thirty days is the standard, but you could inform them two months ahead of time if you'd like," Uy stresses. 

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