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Quitting your accounting job and moving on to new challenges is an exciting proposition. You may be leaving behind a demanding boss or bothersome coworkers. Keep in mind, however, you may cross paths with these people in the future or need them as references. Be sure you give fair notice, be flexible on your end date, finish your remaining work, and set up the current team for success.
Follow these best practices for ending an accounting job without burning bridges:
Give Fair Notice
After having your new job secured in writing, giving two weeks’ should be the first step you take. Write a brief resignation letter for your boss, stating the position you are resigning from, when your last day will be, and thanking your employer for the skills you learned and opportunities you were given. Schedule a meeting with your manager to hand in and discuss the letter before telling colleagues of your departure. Show concern for how the company will handle your responsibilities in the future. Speak with colleagues in person or over the phone to let them know your plans and ease the transition. Give everyone the same reason you are leaving so people cannot say they heard different stories. Be sure you express appreciation for the job, and co-workers. Ask your supervisor and colleagues if they are willing to be references for future career changes.
Be Flexible on Your End Date
If you haven’t committed to a start date for your new job, you may consider working longer than two weeks at your current job. Remember that someone will need to be found and trained to fill your spot. Discuss with your boss how you can best transition everyone during the time you remain with the company. Allow enough time for your manager to shift the workload and look for a replacement.
Finish Remaining Work
Continue finishing your projects and tying up loose ends. Keep your supervisor and co-workers informed on where you ended with projects they are taking over. Address any questions your team may have. Continue to cement your reputation as a dedicated professional.
Set Your Current Team Up for Success
Collaborate with your boss to facilitate an orderly and positive transition for the current team. Write out your responsibilities. Create detailed instructions for finding important files, documents, and contacts. Work with your manager to assign your duties to team members and train employees as needed. If requested, train your replacement to set them up for success. Leave your team in the best position possible.
Whereas changing jobs is a normal part of an accounting professional’s career, avoid burning bridges in the process. Remember, you may be working with these colleagues in the future. Start down the path to your next accounting job with help from the Halcyon Finance & Accounting Recruitment today!
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