Question: How Do I Tell My Current Boss I Found a New Job Opportunity?

June 29th, 2018

You’ve just accepted a job offer for a position you’re really excited about, so congratulations! Whether you worked with Seattle recruiters or happened upon the position by chance, a new job is a major life change.

There’s just one thing standing between you and your glossy new position — quitting your current job. Unless you’re leaving a seriously toxic work environment, you’re probably feeling nervous and a little bittersweet about delivering the news to your boss, but it must be done.

Five Tips to Tell Your Boss You Got a New Job

 

Make Sure They Hear It From You

By now you’ve already told your loved ones about your new job, but avoid shouting your big news from the rooftops until you’ve informed your boss. No matter how you feel about your manager, you owe them the courtesy of being the first at the office to find out about your impending departure.

Don’t Waste Any Time

The longer you wait to let your boss know you’re leaving, the more stress you’ll cause. Deliver your resignation as promptly as possible, because you want to be able to give two weeks’ notice. If for some reason you are unable to offer the standard period of notice, you better have a good explanation ready.

Be Gracious

Thank your boss for all the opportunities they’ve given you to learn and grow during your tenure with the company. Even if you can’t wait to get out of there, it’s always best to leave on a positive note. The business world is smaller than you think, so you never know who you will run into at another job in the future.

Briefly Explain Why You’re Leaving

Keeping with the tone of gratitude, this isn’t a time to air your grievances with the company. Your boss will almost definitely ask why you decided to leave, but keep your answer short and sweet. Simply say you’re sad to leave, but the new job is a better fit for your skills and interests.

Offer to Assist in the Transition

Keep bridges intact by volunteering to help your boss find your replacement. Chances are, the new person won’t be in place before your last day, but you can assist with writing the job description and sorting through resumes. In the interim, offer to help divide your tasks up among the team and provide training before your last day.

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