5 Things to do after resigning a job

Resigning a job sometimes could be an easy decision / most of the times it could be hard if you have worked in a company long enough. References play a vital role in professional careers and here are a few tips on the things to do after resigning.


Work your best: Often times, we have seen folks rush to get out of the company and start a new career. The last impression is the lasting impression. Work well, Stay extended hours (as needed), do an even more efficient job after resigning. Make your presence felt in the company and this will create more reasons for you to be missed.

Be Flexible: Some employees get rigid and will not take on more work. Absenteeism / permissions to be late to work is a common phenomenon. These create bad references. If you are provided with more work, be flexible on your schedule and take it on.

Assist in hiring/identify a good replacement: Never show the I don’t care attitude. Assist the Human Resources team to identify a replacement. If you would be able to refer a replacement, this is even better. If the replacement is better than you, the company / your managers will praise your attitude & provide you with a lot of credit on your replacement’s performance. This helps build a long relationship after work and you will always get an audience to meet with your old bosses when you need to.

Relieving Plan: All of us need to leave early if there is a new job at hand. However, not at the expense of burning bridges or leaving unfinished work with our previous employer. Set a realistic relieving date. Before your manager asks for it, list the unfinished work, prepare a cross training plan, document what is needed and present the relieving plan to your boss. Ask him if he is satisfied with the course of plan during your relieving period and go the extra mile to ensure the plan is accomplished well beyond expectations.

Stay Connected: Connect with your old colleagues on social networks (facebook, linkedIN) and offer assistance if you are called for help. Send your manager’s, people who matter occasional emails, new year greetings and you will be surprised with the references/ good will you will get back.

What can we learn from Arvind Kejriwal’s impressive performance in the Delhi Elections?

Arvind Kejriwal‘s impressive performance in the Delhi Assembly elections is an inspiring story to a lot of us. The Delhi election results is a beginning to a new India (on the win translating to performance). It gives hope and will force others to deliver or be left behind.

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Everything starts with nothing: This could be a great lesson for entrepreneurs. We never knew Arvind Kejriwal’s name 3 years ago. It started popping up and he capitalized every opportunity that came his way. It would be considered day dreaming to elect 28 new constituents who have zero experience running a government to win an election. We have seen people’s movement win in cinema. He started from nothing, took baby steps and the results are here.

Chaos is Opportunity: There was and is a lot of chaos in India. Chaos and Problems created for you are great opportunities. There were hurdles all along. He converted every chaotic situation into an opportunity. He capitalized on the misdeeds of people in power and put up a brave front. This requires guts.

Be Daring: It is not a walk in the park to be daring against a 3 time winner (especially in a country like India). He was firm on his principals & clear on his goals. Some would call him arrogant, he was daring.

Picking the right people: People matter and going by the results, he chose the right people to contest. When there were issues with a few candidates, they withdrew from contesting. Communicating that they have the right team and mix was also a critical element to his success.

Team – Work: Arvind Kejriwal’s team worked as a team. They delegated work, mobilized on each other’s strengths and let everyone in the team perform. Efficient use of volunteers(convincing volunteers to work for a party is not an easy task by any means). This requires strong leadership skills. He is a leader.

The timing is perfect. There was and is an opportunity. Not everyone is Arvind Kejriwal and it is not easy to utilize such an opportunity to make a difference. There are immense such avenues in India – the land of challenges (opportunities).

Thank you Arvind Kejriwal. Your performance matters and will inspire others to follow suit. It will also reduce the tolerance factor of an voting Indian and will drive us to performance.

Jai Hind.