5 Things to Do Before You Quit Your Job
From the time you start looking for a new job until the day you give your notice is always a busy time. And while it’s exciting to get caught up in planning your future, you’ll want to spend some time getting your ducks in a row beforeyou give your 2 weeks’ notice at your current place of employment. Here are 5 things you need to do before you quit your job.
Use Your Medical and Dental Benefits
It’s a good idea to schedule checkups while still covered under your current plan. Often there is a 30-90 day waiting period before coverage kicks in at a new job, so it makes sense to take care of any necessary appointments now. It’s also a good idea to check into your COBRA options. Or, look into the possibility of taking out a short-term major medical policy to bridge any lapse in coverage.
Check the Vacation Payout Policy
If you only have a few unused vacation days, try to use them before you give your notice. If you have a week’s worth or more, it’s probably best to look into getting paid for them instead. Consult your company’s employee handbook to find the information; that way, you won’t tip off HR to your pending resignation.
Clear Your Personal Information
Make sure to clear your work-issued desktop computer, laptop and cell phone of any personal information, including personal emails or chats. Also take time to clear your browsing history and delete cookies, too. You don’t want the next person who uses the equipment to inadvertently have access to your personal or financial information.
Freeze Your Spending
If you’re moving into a position for higher pay, you’ll probably be tempted to splurge a bit. But it’s better to resist that temptation and freeze your spending for a while instead. Depending on your start date and your new employer’s payroll schedule, you could end up going more than two weeks without a paycheck.
Plus, you’ll want to give yourself some time to build up a cushion of cash just in case the new job doesn’t work out quite the way you thought it would. Of course, you’ll still need to spend money on the essentials, but take a break from discretionary spending for at least a month as you make the transition.
Plan a Graceful Exit
You always want to leave a job on the best possible terms. Even if you think you’d never want to return to the company, burning bridges doesn’t serve any positive purpose. Keep your news to yourself until you’ve notified your immediate manager, then let the rest of your team know. Work with your manager to map out a plan for how to transition your current projects and leave detailed notes for the people who will be working on them after you leave.