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5 To-Dos After You Accept a New Job

By | Anne Niederkorn |

So, you’ve just accepted a new job offer. Congrats! The first thing you should do is call up your best friends and make plans to celebrate (obviously).

But after you’ve toasted to your latest success, you may find yourself in unfamiliar territory. What exactly is the proper protocol for leaving your job? And is there anything you should be doing to prepare for your new one?

As someone who just made job change #4, I can tell you that although circumstances are always different, there are certain things that can help make any transition go more smoothly. Here are five things you’ll need to know.

1. Relax, Then Go Talk to Your Boss

You may be feeling a little nervous about telling your boss you’re leaving—and that’s understandable. But chances are, this is not the first resignation he or she has ever heard. If your boss is good, he or she will want the best for your professional growth and will be happy for your new opportunity—even if that means you’re changing companies. (And if he or she is on the frosty side, then that only confirms that you made the right decision!)

Whatever the case, though, you’ll still want to give your boss the professional courtesy of telling him or her first. As much as you want to tell your best office buddies the news, save your excitement until you find out how your boss wants to handle the announcement. Depending on your situation, he or she may want to tell your team in order to stop the rumor mill or to explain how transitional activities will work. Make sure that you understand how your departure will be announced before you go spilling the beans—then figure out a departure strategy that will work best for everyone.

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