how to leave a job gracefully
February 17, 2005 6:58 AM Subscribe
My grant-funded contract job is wrapping up in two months. I've never left a job without quitting or taking another job before and I'm not sure what's expected or what to do. What did you do when you left your job?
posted by jessamyn to work & money (8 answers total)
I got a "Thanks for all your hard work" memo from my boss basically outlining when my last day of work would be and telling me what they expected of me in the remaining weeks. I had sort of thought I might be kept on, but this was pretty clear evidence that they won't be doing that. I'd like to leave on a good foot but since my job for the next eight weeks is pretty much "Find and train a volunteer to do your job for free" I'm not optimistic that I can do this as well as they would like me to. I'm spending a lot of the next few weeks documenting what I've been doing so that hopefully people can pick up where I left off.
I've enjoyed the job somewhat but won't be unhappy to leave. I've got a lot of accumulated sick leave and some vacation time and personal time. Since I've only got eight weeks of part-time work left, taking vacation might be awkward since I'll be pretty busy. Theoretically I'll get unused vacation time paid out to me when I leave, but I worry this won't happen or will be a hassle.
I like some of my colleagues, dislike other ones, and probably won't go back to the place after my last day of work. How do I make a graceful exit? Was there anything you did or did not do when you left a job that was helpful or harmful. Any advice?