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.

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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.

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