How to Quit Your Job Gracefully

By Sydney Arnett, Marketing Specialist for DRI & DCA

Congratulations! You just accepted a new job. You’re so excited about your new opportunity and feel like you are on cloud nine. But suddenly it hits you…now you have to quit your current job.

The last impression is the one people often remember. A graceful exit can keep your reputation fully intact and preserve valuable relationships. A bad one can do the exact opposite and cause serious damage.

In fact, we have worked with candidates whose ungraceful exit came back to bite them in the rear 20 years later! This prevented them from getting their dream two decades later. Moral of the story: leave with your reputation and relationships intact and don’t burn any bridges.

Don’t worry—follow these ten steps to exit your current job in a graceful manner that is professional and will leave your reputation and relationships intact:

  1. Write your resignation letter. It’s always preferable to put your resignation in writing. Think of your resignation letter as a short thank you note. Keep it simple and positive. Thank your employer for the job they gave you, and state that you’re moving on to a new opportunity.
  2. Determine your “story.” Think carefully about how you will explain your departure to your manager and coworkers. When asked why you are leaving, give general reasons, such as a better opportunity or a better fit for your family.
  3. Give adequate notice. Providing at least a two-week notice is the norm. Depending on your role and how many people you oversee, it may be more appropriate to give three to four weeks’ notice.
  4. Plan how you’ll transfer your responsibilities. Don’t leave your boss swamped with unfinished work. A well-documented transition plan signals that you care about leaving the company in a good place.
  5. Tell your manager first. Your manager deserves to be told before anyone else, so refrain from saying anything to coworkers until you’ve met with your boss. Reach an agreement with your boss on how others will be told.
  6. Quit in person and bring your resignation letter with you. It’s always best and most respectful if you resign in person and can provide closure.
  7. Be prepared to be escorted out by security. About 15% to 20% of employers do so occasionally depending on the circumstances—i.e. if your new employer happens to be a direct competitor of the company where you currently work.
  8. Be prepared for the exit interview. The exit interview isn’t an opportunity to take jabs at anyone or to vent years of frustration. In exit interviews, give more positive than negative feedback. However, it’s fine to share constructive criticism.
  9. Follow up with colleagues. You might write notes or email messages to former coworkers to say that you enjoyed working with them. Considering setting a lunch date one or two months in the figure with four or five colleagues you value most.
  10. Work hard until your last day is over. The best way to ensure you leave on a positive note is to work hard at your job and at ensuring a smooth transition right up until the time you’re walking out the door. You don’t want your last few days to leave a bad impression on your coworkers; that may come back to haunt you later.

The most important thing to keep in mind when quitting your job is to remain professional throughout the process. Be on your best behavior so you’ll leave the company on a positive note, keeping intact your reputation and relationships and leaving the door open for future employment and ensuring a good job reference.

5 Qualities Candidates Look for in a Company

By Sydney Arnett, Marketing Specialist, DRI & DCA

Last month, Glassdoor.com announced its seventh annual Employees’ Choice Awards, honoring the Best Places to Work across the United States. Companies on the list exemplify those with a strong company culture and happy employees, as well as an engaged work.

While these two things are great for improving morale and productivity, they’re also incredibly powerful tools for recruitment marketing and attracting new talent. According to Glassdoor Career Trends Analyst Scott Dobroski, “Company culture is among the top five factors people consider” when weighing a job offer.

To attain the best candidates in today’s rebounding job market you need to be able to market your employer brand and attract job seekers. So what are common traits of companies with an engaged workforce and strong company culture, and how can you make sure your company is a “Best Place to Work?”

  1. Continuous training and professional development – A 2014 Deloitte study found that, in the last year alone, corporate budgets for training and development have risen by 15 percent. To begin, try implementing a weekly training meeting, send some employees to a conference, or organize a mentoring program.
  2. Recognition of personal accomplishments and milestones – Another key component of engagement is employee recognition. Make employees feel valued and appreciated for all of their hard work and contributions to the organization as most employees want to be recognized by their managers for their hard efforts. Companies that fail to implement reward systems do their employees and their culture a disservice.
  3. A fun environment – For many employees, engagement means having a little fun at the office once in a while. Creating a positive work environment that includes fun ways for employees to interact will go a long way in engaging employees. Whether this means having an occasional birthday or holiday celebration in the office, or a more formal annual retreat, employees will have something to look forward to other than the daily grind.
  4. Value employees’ opinions – Employees want to feel valued and respected. Make employees feel involved and empowered to make a difference in the organization.
  5. Offer some flexibility – Employees appreciate having a say over when they work. Allow employees to work from home on an as-needed basis and/or permit flexible work hours for employees to deal with personal matters when they come up.

Post any other qualities you look for in a company when job hunting.

6 Mobile Job Search Apps Every Job Seeker Should Know About by Sydney Arnett, Marketing Specialist, DCA & DRI

Looking for a new job? In today’s competitive job market job seekers have to be connected, organized and prepared. To stay ahead of the curve, tech-savvy job seekers are taking advantage of mobile job search apps.

According to glassdoor.com, 9 in 10 job seekers search for jobs via their mobile phones, which is consistent with Direct Consulting Associates’ analytics that say the number one way people come to our website is via the iPhone. In addition, 77% of job seekers use mobile job search apps. Job search apps are becoming increasingly popular as they give job seekers constant access, both at home and on the go, with up-to-date job postings.

Given 59% believe they have a better chance of being considered for a job if they apply as soon as the job is posted online, speed and having access to the latest job listings is a top priority for job seekers. Apps are also popular because many company’s career sites are not mobile-optimized, making it difficult to apply to jobs using a mobile device.

Looking for a job is undeniably one of the most stressful hurdles in one’s life. Whether you’re out of a job or not satisfied in your current position, mobile job searching app can definitely make your hunt a little easier.

Here are 6 mobile job search apps every job seeker should know about:

Job AwareJob Aware
JobAware is an app that allows you to search jobs in cities near you and helps you organize and track your progress throughout the job application process. The app also offers salary comparisons for hundreds of occupations, LinkedIn account integration to help you take advantage of your network, and job search advice from top career experts. And that’s not all. There’s also an autofill feature that allows JobAware to automatically fill out job applications, rapidly speeding up the application process. The app also allows you to find the top cities for any job search term or company.This app can be used to search for full-time, part-time, contract, freelance jobs and internships.

Get HiredGetHired
Just enter what you are looking for and getHired will provide job listings from 8 different job search engines (Indeed, CareerJet, JuJu, LinkUp, SimplyHired, CareerBuilder, JobServe and USAJobs.gov) across more than 60 countries.  getHired is like job classifieds on your phone and is extremely easy and simple to use. However, it’s best used to simply search positions while on the go as it is unable to directly submit your resume. getHired is also only available on Windows phones and tablets.

Job CompassJob Compass
JobCompass is the first application on the iPhone or iPad that searches millions of jobs, locating and plotting them on a map showing you exactly where the jobs are in relation to a specific address or zip code. This app in addition to providing job description information, also allows you to apply directly from your phone.

SnagSnagAJob
SnagAJob is a top-ranked search engine for full-time and part-time hourly positions throughout the US. This app allows you to search and apply to over 350,000 jobs across a variety of industries, including restaurant, retail and customer service.

Switch
SwitchSwitch is a new job hunting app that lets you search for a job the same way you’d swipe for a date on Tinder. Switch allows you to quickly browse through available job listings. You swipe right on jobs you’re interested in and left on jobs you want to pass on. Hiring managers do the same on anonymized candidate profiles and when there’s a match both users are notified. However, Switch is currently exclusive to tech, media, and startup companies in NYC.

LinkLink-Up
LinkUp’s unique search engine, updated daily, lists only jobs that are found on company and employer websites. This helps you uncover the hidden job market of opportunities not publicly advertised on the major job search engines. An additional upside is that as positions are filled and company websites are updated so are LinkUp’s job search listings – so no more applying to outdated job postings.