Changing jobs is an important transition. And just like any transition, it requires a certain preparation. While you might think that you are the only one concerned by this decision, there are other players that you should not leave behind while taking the leap to another chapter of your life.

If you are thinking about quitting your job, there are a few things you need to do:

Look for another job!

Whether your company decides to downsize or you decide to quit your job, it is always a wise decision to actively start searching for your next job as soon ad you know you are about to be unemployed again. Unless it is your intention to take a break for a while, you do not want to wait till you are unemployed to start applying for positions as the job search process can be longer than desired.

Talk to your boss

Talking to your boss about your decision is crucial. While this might be uncomfortable, it will give you both the time to adjust to the next steps. It is important to make sure you are the first person your boss hears it from. You certainly would not want him/her to hear the news by the water cooler.  Take the time to have a one on one conversation with your boss explaining the reasons why you think changing jobs is the best option for you.

Take the time to transfer your knowledge

We all know how it feels to be a newbie at work. Before you leave, take the time to transfer your knowledge to a colleague who will be able to continue what you have started. This will help you gain your superior’s respect and show that you cared enough not to simply leave everything behind. Put some time aside to go through your files with this person, share some useful information with them and make them feel at ease.

Propose your freelance services

Do not simply cut the cord with the office. Your bosses, supervisors and even colleagues might be interested in using your services even though you are no longer a full-time employee. Take the time to identify what you do well and let them know you are ready to offer these services after you leave. This will be a great way for you to strengthen your clientele base and fall back on your feet.

Changing jobs does not have to be a burden if you prepare yourself for it. By following these steps, transitioning should go as smoothly as possible.

Ann-Sophie Ovile, Writer, Shortstints

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