The transition from one job to another is not always smooth. The job search process can present some challenges. Not only can it be long and draining but we also need to make sure that we are doing things the right way. Questions like 《How to make sure I leave while being in good terms with my boss?》 《When is the best time to schedule an interview?》 are all going through the job seeker’s head as he/she is preparing himself to transition.

Here are some tips that can make this transition smoother for you and also, help you make better decisions during this process

Do not take phone calls during work hours

Not only is this not professional but you will not be at ease, which can decrease your performance. Make sure you tell your prospect employer when are the best hours to call you for interviews or simple follow-ups. Avoid taking time from your current work hours to take care of anything related to your job search process. Try scheduling meetings during your lunch time if you are certain you will have enough time. If not, schedule calls during that time as there is nothing wrong with being on the phone on your lunch time. Just make sure you find the right environment; free of noise and away from bosses and colleagues.

Some employers can even meet you on week-ends, so always ask if that option is possible.

There are many options available to facilitate the recruiting process nowadays: Skype interviews are one of them. Make sure you explore all the options available to you so that your job search process does not affect your current job.

Have an open conversation with your current employer

The best way to ensure you leave in good terms is to be honest. If you have interviews scheduled, set some time aside to have an open conversation with your boss about the reasons you are considering leaving the company. Of course, make it clear that you have a few interviews scheduled and that nothing is settled yet. But taking the time to talk about it will show that you are open and honest and do not wait for the last minute to announce your departure. If you have already received a job offer from the other company, make sure you ask your boss what is important for you to do before you leave. Being honest might also encourage your current employer to try offering you advantages that will encourage you to stay with the company.

Always make sure it is worth it

Take your time to see if the advantages offered are worth leaving your current position for. Many times, employees jump too fast on opportunities because of frustration. They might be tired of waiting for that raise, tired of dealing with a boss or tired of doing the same things. While these are all good reasons, it is important not to let frustration cloud your judgement when choosing your next job. This takes us back to the second tip: have an honest conversation with your boss. You will be surprised at how it can be to renegotiate your salary or advantages after an open discussion. Of course, in order to benefit from this, you will need to make sure your performance as an employee adds value to the company. Be so good they can’t ignore you.

Keep in mind that you will never be able to please everybody. No matter what you do, some bosses might still not take your leave very well and that is ok. It is important that you choose the best option for you while of course respecting all of your engagements. Make sure you finish what needs to be finished. Make sure you finalize what can be finalized and that you are professionally in good terms with everybody.


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Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Short Stints

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