Women at Work: How to Leave a Job Gracefully

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If you didn’t catch it in my last post, my last day at ThirdLove was last Friday. I had worked there for just over a year and a half, and it was time for me to move on and take on new challenges and opportunities in my career.

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I’m incredibly proud of the work I accomplished while at ThirdLove, and am excited to see not only how far the company and brand has come, but how far it will go.

Leaving a job is never easy, especially when you’re in a small environment where everyone is so close. But here are my best tips for leaving any job gracefully:

ONE // BE POSITIVE

If there’s any bad blood or stress surrounding your leave, it’s easy to fall into a negative spiral of complaining and bringing everyone down. Instead, give feedback in a constructive way and keep a smile on your face. Know the end is in sight, and being overly negative doesn’t help anything. 

TWO // DON’T CHECK OUT

I’m a firm believer in using up every minute you have left at a company once you give your notice. It may sound nice to check out, but go out on a high note. Trust me, you’ll thank me later when you can leave and be proud of the work you did, knowing you’re leaving the company and role in a better place than you found it.

THREE // NETWORK

Just because you’re leaving and (hopefully) have a new job lined up doesn’t mean growing your network isn’t important. In your last few weeks, schedule coffee dates or happy hours with people across the company that you worked with, and get their contact info or connect with them on LinkedIn. You never know when you’ll need a favor down the road, and it’s always nice to have contacts at new places. You never know where your current co-workers will end up in two, or even five years!

four // TAKE TIME TO CELEBRATE

Finding a new job can be stressful, and odds are you’ve gone through interviews, reference checks, and tough conversations or negotiations. When all is said and done, take time to celebrate!

Once I was done at ThirdLove last Friday, I went out to dinner with Josh and then hopped on a plane to Portland to see my friends and spend a weekend celebrating. Taking that time—and taking a week off in between jobs—allows you to fully recharge, close a chapter, and get excited about what’s to come.

Have you left a job lately? How was it? Let me know in the comments section below.