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Ten tips while changing jobs

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The following ten tips will help you make a smooth exit from your current job and a successful start in your new one.

Tips for changing jobs

  1. Tell your direct supervisor about your decision first.
    This will demonstrate your trust in him or her. By doing this, you also give your boss the chance to react in a sovereign manner and not be caught off guard when confronted with the matter by other supervisors. You will be happy you made this decision; at the latest when your boss formulates your work certificate, for which he or she is responsible. Do not start negotiations or use other tactics during your resignation meeting and state your decision candidly without beating around the bush. Leaving such a discussion open or threatening your boss with your resignation in order to achieve a salary increase or some other benefit rarely ever leads to success

  2. Consistently plan the transfer of any current, upcoming, and open-ended projects.
    Even if not specifically asked to do so, start transferring all important information to your colleagues and anyone else who will take over your job when you leave. This preplanning will be especially helpful during your last few days of work when you will have to keep an overview of tasks and set priorities for your re-placement. By planning ahead, nobody can accuse you of hav-ing left a mess for somebody else to clean up. Think of ways in which you can create detailed summaries of your individual tasks. A few things you should include:
    1. Objective of the task
    2. What has been completed thus far
    3. What needs to be done by whom and by when
    4. What facts need to be considered
    5. Known shortfalls / problems with the project

  3. Write your own job reference certificate.
    Do not leave your reference certificate at the mercy of a stan-dardized letter from the personnel department. Ask your super-visor

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