We’ve all been there. In a frustrating, less-than-perfect job. It can very tempting to announce your resignation in a vindictive or inflammatory manner.
Yet think twice before you go about doing this since it can influence the way your next employer perceives you.
Which begs the question: why should you leave on good terms?
It goes without saying that the business world is a small place. At some point, you are going to run into your colleagues, bosses or business executives. At that time, there might be something you can offer and which might not work out if you do not leave ensuring respect on both sides.
Having said that, here are 4 damaging actions that can impact your career in the future once you have resigned:
1: Rant on Social Media About the Company, Job or Boss
Almost half of all employers look at the social media profiles of job applicants. You would never even realize it. Which is why it is a bad idea to use that platform to rant about your bosses, colleagues or the company that you worked at.
Think about it: no one wants to hire a complainer because this is the reputation that you will create.
Apart from this, remember that any recommendation that you secure from a supervisor is very valuable. Don’t complain about the person because you will not be able to use that recommendation in the future.
2: Gossip About Your Former Company or The Current Employees
Whenever you leave a job, there’s no doubt that the question as to how you liked your boss will always crop up. Saying that he was an idiot will ensure that this opinion will go right back to him.
It’s not easy since you might be tempted to complain about your boss but strive to keep it factual and unemotional. Whatever you do, find at least, one good thing to say and move on. This way you can leave your professional reputation intact too.
3: Send a Nasty Email to HR About The Employer, Job, Conditions or People
Most people prefer to tell Human Resources about the boss you’ve worked for in a negative manner while also informing them how their action are hurting the company too.
Unfortunately, they will not agree with you, no matter how convincing you put it across. Much like an angry exit interview, this will accomplish nothing but leave a bad taste in peoples’ mouths.
What you must do is write an angry email in draft form. Vent your frustration. But don’t send it. Sit on it for a week. After this, read, delete and leave it.
4: Neglect or Ignore Your Former Colleagues
If you leave by making a scene without thanking them for their assistance or even after telling them that they’re suckers for still working there, you can be sure that they will not wish the very best for you.
The better way to do is to write them LinkedIn recommendations even if they haven’t been asked for. As you do this, ensure you highlight each individual’s skills and how they helped you succeed at the workplace. Don’t forget to tell these stories that would show them in a positive manner and be beneficial to their career too. Don’t expect anything in return. Instead, let your good deeds work for you in its time.