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5 Tips for Quitting Your Job the Right Way

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Career experts always talk about how to start a job on the right foot. However, we rarely hear advice on how to leave a job on the right foot.

In a hiring marketplace that is more connected than ever before, quitting a job gracefully is a vastly underrated skill. The strong relationships and personal connections you’ve built throughout your career are much more likely to land you your next job than anything you have on your résumé.

Here are five tips that can help you exit your job graciously, courtesy of our career experts and US News. But before you read on, make sure you have your next career move planned out by applying with the field’s top organizations at HealthCareerCenter.com.

1. Deliver the news in person.
It’s hard to give bad news face-to-face. But it can be even harder on your career if you take the easy way out and quit via email or phone. Even if you’re unhappy with your current job, you owe it to yourself to take the professional route and notify your boss in person that you’re planning to leave.

That said, don’t feel obligated to explain why you’re leaving. Unless you’re looking for constructive criticism on your performance or are open to hearing counteroffers, you don’t have to justify your decision to anyone.

2. Make sure colleagues hear the news from you.
When you work in a field as demanding as healthcare, your coworkers become your friends — and some might feel like family. Be thoughtful and don’t cause them the pain and confusion of hearing about your departure through management.

Aside from being the polite thing to do, breaking the news yourself is a good way to subtly protect your reputation. If you’re leaving your job under less-than-ideal circumstances, this is your chance to discreetly tell your side of the story.

3. Don’t vent your frustrations.
Everyone has heard second-hand tales about someone who went on a rant before quitting in a huff. These stories are told over and over again because they’re so memorable. But is that how you want to be remembered?

Though it may feel good in the moment, going off on your boss has terrible long-term effects. It not only burns your bridge with that particular boss, but also with anyone who ever contacts them about you. Fantasize about venting your frustrations all you want, but don’t do something rash that will haunt you for the rest of your career.

4. Give two weeks’ notice (at least).
A two-week notice is standard for most professions… but healthcare isn’t most professions. The drought of candidates across the field means it will probably take over a month for your employer to find your replacement. If you’re a specialist, it could take much longer. Treat two weeks as the absolute bare minimum for handing in your notice.

In general, avoid leaving your employer in any sort of bind if you can help it. Consider sticking around to finish any important projects you’ve started, as long as it doesn’t cost you money or get in the way of starting your new job. Any good employer will appreciate your considerate attitude and reward you with strong recommendations for the rest of your career.

5. End on a strong note
If you use your notice period as an excuse to slack off at work, you do so at your own peril. Just as your first weeks at work define how your colleagues think of you, your last weeks at work will define how they remember you.

On your last day, send a sincere and positive (again, no venting!) thank-you email to the people who made that job a good experience for you. Write them individually if you have time; if not, a blanket email to everyone is fine. And don’t forget to include your personal contact info — who knows, one of them may reach out to you about another job in the future.

The information in this article originally appeared on USNews.com. To read the original article, click here.