How to Transition to a New Role without Burning Bridges
At Career Contacts, we are constantly supporting candidates as they transition from one company to the next. It is so important to support them in landing their dream jobs, without leaving a storm behind.
We believe strongly in the power of relationships and today, our newest team member, Reena, is going to share her experience transitioning from her previous company.
I have been humbled by my transition into a new role, as it has been done by creating meaningful connections rather than burning bridges. As I leave for a new role, my outgoing employer is happy for me and has also encouraged me to visit and stay in touch.
My last day was very bittersweet, as I had a lot of conversations with those who I brought onto the team thanking me for giving them a chance to join the team. I took chances on people and looked for a true fit on both ends and sometimes that meant taking a chance on those who did not have as much experience as we were looking for.
This whole process has reminded me why I love doing what I do and has me excited for the next chapter. When you are truly passionate about what you do and treat the place you work as your own, moving to a new role without burning bridges is very seamless.
Here are some tips on how to make that possible:
- Before anything be positive and remember why you started with the company and reflect on your contributions and the support you have received
- Once an offer for a new role becomes official, communicate with your manager or whomever is your direct report-to via email and set up a time to discuss the departure
- Be honest to your manager, or whomever your direct report-to is on why you are leaving and be appreciative of the opportunity to have worked alongside them
- Ensure you give 2 weeks’ notice, so you can effectively offboard your role and tie up any loose ends
- Create a Functions document for your role with bullet points and links to any resources that will be helpful
- Communicate personally with your team and those you work with directly, either in
person or through chat about your departure and encourage them to stay in touch by offering your contact information.
- Be professional through your last day as you are still an ambassador of the company and its values
When you are transitioning to a new role, it is important to be positive about your outgoing employer as you transition out of your role. If you do have any frustrations, try to communicate those to your manager or whomever is your direct report-to. Discussing how much you enjoyed working there and some fond memories is a great way to ease any tensions of your departure. Transitioning to a new role can be done with a positive attitude and will result in having stronger connections with those you worked with rather than burning bridges.
Looking for more support as you give your notice, negotiate that new offer, or start your new position? Pick up a copy of The HR Insider; how to land your dream job and keep it! Written by our Vice President, Natasha Jeshani.