By Caroline Levchuck

After you’ve landed a new job, the excitement of starting
something new may be accompanied by anxiety and guilt over leaving
the familiar and perhaps some good friends, too. Even if you’re
leaving mostly enemies behind, it’s still a good idea to leave your
job in good standing.

Corporate alumni associations are sprouting up all over the
Fortune 500, at companies including GE, Procter & Gamble and
Yum! Brands, and it’s in your best interest to be a part of these
burgeoning professional networks. In fact, if you handle your
transition properly, your former employers may even view your
ascension elsewhere as a PR asset.

“Whatever the circumstances are around your departure, keep your
mind on the big picture and don’t do anything that could come back
to haunt you,” says career coach Deborah Brown-Volkman.

She recommends three steps for wrapping things up at your old
job and departing with a pat on the back from your boss.

Write Down Everything You Do and How It Gets

Forget job descriptions. They rarely tell us precisely what an
individual does day-to-day or reveal the “It’s not really my job,
but I kind of do it anyway” responsibilities that grace any
worker’s plate each week. Also, in an age of zero redundancy at
many companies, you cannot rely on even your supervisor to
understand what you do and how you do it.

“Often a boss feels like, ‘I don’t know what this person does –
I only know she can’t leave!’” Brown-Volkman says.

So, do your boss and colleagues right by creating an exhaustive
list of everything you handle, along with detailed instructions on
how to handle it. Your coworkers will appreciate you for having
this thorough document — and for having done so much during your

Remain Until You Train the New You

Two weeks’ notice may be the minimum an employer requests, but
most companies will appreciate a more lengthy lead-time so you can
help train your replacement. If you do so, your boss will be
indebted to you. You’re also sending a message that you want your
former coworkers and employer to succeed.

“It’s hard to give a lot of notice because your next employer
may be waiting anxiously for you to start, and many people want to
take a week off between jobs,” Brown-Volkman says. However, she
urges departing workers to spend “as much time as you can with your
replacement or colleagues who will be temporarily handling your
workload. Train them so they’ve got it down cold.”

Also, tap your own network for a potential replacement. You may
even be eligible for a finder’s fee if you refer the right person
for the job.

Wish Everyone Well When You Leave

Brown-Volkman advises giving all your coworkers a heartfelt
farewell and offering them a few words of encouragement and
appreciation. “Even if you don’t like someone, bury the hatchet,”
she says. “It takes a big person to do that, but you never know
when you’ll meet this individual again.”

Also, she points out that former coworkers are the best
candidates to join your professional network. “You will always have
common ground with these folks,” she says. “They’re easy to stay in
touch with. There will always be some bit of news or gossip you can
bond over, and that makes it less awkward to pick up the phone and

All of this is for the future — the big picture, she adds. “You
could end up working for some of these people,” she says. “You may
need a favor. You just don’t know, so make sure you leave on the
best possible terms.”

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