Spring has sprung! Although it may not feel like it in some areas of the country, we are officially in spring according to the calendars. In true spring fashion, we can say good bye to the dreadful, cold weather and hello to the anticipated, warmer weather. This month we’re covering how to appropriately say goodbye to your job with a two weeks notice and how to effectively rock your first day at a new job! It’s only fitting, right? Check it out!
Just Wanted to Let You Know I Meant to Put in my Two Weeks Notice Two Weeks Ago
Putting in a two weeks notice can be a touchy subject for some, and possibly a foreign subject for others. A two weeks notice allows you to give your company a heads up that you’re planning on leaving in, well, two weeks. It’s enough time to prep for your absence and possibly even start looking to fill your desk. You may think leaving a two weeks notice is as easy as 1, 2, 3 but it’s not. You could make common mistakes that could make you look like a jerk at the end of the day, and who wants that? Check out what we put together so you can leave your job with all the class in the world!
Share Information, Don’t Hoard It
When you are ready to put in your two weeks notice and move on, be sure to tell your boss in person first. There’s nothing worse than completely blindsiding them and maybe even causing them to resent you. Giving your boss a heads up before sending in your two weeks notice keeps your relationship cordial. If you ever need to come back to this company for a favor or whatever reason, there won’t be tension like there would be if you had completely blindsided them. Telling them in person is also a crucial part because it shows that you have the decency to schedule a meeting to tell them rather than just sending a quick email.
Be Ready for a Conversation that Matters
Like we previously stated, schedule a meeting to break the news to your boss. Be prepared for any questions or offers they may throw at you in this meeting. Go into your boss’ office with a concrete transition plan that you can share with them about what you’re planning to do after your departure. If they’re not quite ready to let you go, they may make a counteroffer. You need to be prepared for this whether it actually happens or not so you’re not flustered in case it does. Think of all the possible options that could be thrown your way; an extra $5,000, $10,000 or even extra vacation time. Would you stay? That’s a choice you need to be clear about ahead of time.
Everyone Has a Story
Your boss, and fellow coworkers, are going to wonder why you’re leaving. Be sure to have a positive story if you don’t have one already. Whether it’s because you got offered a more beneficial position or you just didn’t enjoy working there anymore, make sure it’s a good story. You don’t want to be seen as bad mouthing the company you’re leaving, that’s why having a set story is important. Now we’re not saying you have to make up some elaborate, fluff filled story but rather one to maintain your positive image.
If You Can’t Be Kind, Be Quiet
Once you walk out the door of your former employer’s office for the last time, you may want to get on any of your social media accounts and post about how you’re so thankful you are to finally be out of there. Don’t do that. Even though you will no longer be working for that employer, continue to say positive things about them. After all, you did work for them for some period of time. If you do decide to create a Facebook status like this, keep in mind that it won’t only look bad to your former coworkers, but also future ones as well.
A New Chapter Begins
As most people can agree, walking into a new job is scary. You have to relearn how to do everyday tasks, brush up on the office norms and so much more. Although you may be excited to start your new job, you’ll always have those nerves to remind you that you may not know everything like the back of your hand anymore. Your nerves tend to take over more before your first day in a new setting than any other time. Therefore, it’s only fitting that we put together tips on how to shove those nerves and jitters to the side and rock your first day at a new job!
Sit Down and Read
Before walking into unfamiliar territory, it’s normal to do your research on what you’re getting yourself into. Sure, you may have an idea of what type of work you will be doing but you may not have the big picture. Having some background information on the company you’re about to be apart of is crucial because it’ll keep you from being completely blindsided on your first day. Having background information can give you a baseline of what’s going on and what to expect from those around you.
Open Your Mind Before Your Mouth
Your first day at a new job doesn’t necessarily foreshadow how the rest of your time with this company is going to go. Therefore, come with an open mind. Your first day could be a training day or you could be thrown right into the mix as if you’ve been there all along, or it could even something in between. Either way you don’t know what your first day is leading to. It could be the first day of your road to CEO or even starting your own company. There’s no possible way to know what or where your first day is leading to but if you roll in with an optimistic and open mind, you’ll be ensuring a good first impression among your coworkers and it’ll help set you up for bigger and better things.
Your Mind is Everything, What You Think You Become
More likely than not you’re going to have nerves on your first day at the new job, and maybe even for some time after that. To ensure that your nerves don’t get the best of you, fake your confidence. Like psychologist, Dr. Amy Cuddy, once said: fake it until you become it (https://www.ted.com/talks/amy_cuddy_your_body_language_shapes_who_you_are?language=en). If you feel uneasy about what you’re walking into, fake it. Fake your confidence so that you come across as poised and not timid. Fake it so often until it becomes a part of you. When you fake it so often, it’ll become familiar and you won’t even have to think twice about it and thus, you have created a new you.
Until You’re Mentally Ready, You’ll Never be Physically Prepared
Picture this: you believe you’re 100% prepared for the first day at your new job. How? Well, you have your new wardrobe, new supplies, laptop, charger, and everything you could need for a productive day in the office. Although you’re physically prepared, this brings up the question: are you mentally prepared, too? Being mentally prepared for your first day in a new setting is just as, if not more important than being physically prepared. If you’re not in the right mindset, you could feel easily overwhelmed and get too stressed too quick. You just have to be ready for whatever life is about to throw at you from day one.