There are a variety of legitimate reasons for quitting a job. Whether you are relocating, or looking for career advancement, it’s still important to leave your employer on good terms to ensure a smooth transition between jobs and avoid burning bridges. Always resign with class and integrity to maintain a professional reputation. Follow this checklist the next time you need to turn in a resignation.

  • It’s best to resign in person, but you should also write a formal resignation letter. Keep it simple; the opening should be polite and formal. Next, clearly state your intention to resign. Two weeks’ notice is standard. Any more than that is like a long and bad breakup. Whether it’s due to retirement, or accepting a position with a different company, provide your basic reason for leaving. You can go into further details during an exit interview.
  • Tell your boss prior to discussing with any peers or others. You don’t want your boss to hear that you are leaving through the grapevine. Many leaders consider it a blatant sign of disrespect. After informing your boss, then you should make an announcement to your coworkers so they can also prepare for your absence.
  • Don’t be ambiguous when letting your boss know. Be direct and be professional, because if you’re not confident with your decision, then they will be tempted to lure you back in with a higher salary, better benefits, etc. Use words like “I have accepted an offer” versus “I think I’m accepting,” or “I might accept.
  • There is no need to discuss where you are going. If asked, tell your current boss that you would be happy to discuss after you start the new job but until then you need the time to make the transition.
  • Leave a positive impression as you never know when your paths may cross again. The more professional references that you have on your side the better when it comes to animal health careers. Plus, your dream job might open up with a former employer someday.
  • Always offer to help with any transition. Offering to train your replacement will leave a good impression on your boss.
  • Work until the last minute with the company. You are still getting paid to do a job and have plenty to lose from a reputation standpoint after you’ve submitted your resignation. Maintain a professional attitude and don’t slack off.
  • Leave a simple “farewell” email. Instead of individually telling people that you are leaving, sending a mass farewell email is an effective way to inform both clients and colleagues where you are going and provide them with your contact information.

It’s important to leave your animal science job on good terms. When preparing to start a new job, make sure you resign with class by doing it in person, writing a formal resignation, and offering to help with the transition. Showing integrity is one of the best ways to separate yourself from the pack.

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