Internal Job Transition Plan (Why You Should Do It)

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When leaving your job — whether voluntary or not — it’s in your best interest to put together, in writing, a transition plan.

When Leaving Your Job It's Best To Write A Transition Plan

Let’s say you know you’re ready to leave your current position at the office. Maybe you’re looking to climb up the internal company ladder or leave the industry altogether. No matter, you need to sit down with pen and paper and look at everything that’s currently your responsibility at work. Check out:

  • Who those tasks might be delegated to
  • What passwords people need
  • Where certain projects are
  • What are the next milestones
  • What do people need to know

Imagine that tomorrow you were hit by a bus and your boss found your Google doc with your transition plan. Do you understand how incredibly valuable that is?

I can tell you, as an employer, I’ve had many people do this. On the other hand, I’ve also had people just leave, throw a fit, not supply their passwords and just be an all-around pill.

Those people who leave with a transition plan and a good attitude… I’ll do anything for them. They often come back and work for us and/or I’ll try to find them other opportunities. Ultimately, we’re still great friends.

However, when people leave in less than professional terms, it’s just not a good move. What do you think is going to happen when recommendation / reference calls come in?

For anyone who gets a little thrill off leaving in a huff, you might be thinking,

“I’ll show them!”

Write a Transition Plan Instead Of Leaving Your Job in a Huff

But, no. You won’t. I promise you leaving high and dry doesn’t affect your past employer at all. It’s only going to negatively impact you, okay?

One of the reasons we often don’t want to talk to our current employers about the difficult decision of moving on is feeling like we’re going to leave them in a lurch.

Well, much of that reality can be placated if you have a transition plan!

But when / why would you need a transition plan if it’s YOUR business?  For that, and:

  • Finding the power of committing to the decision to make the transition
  • How to spot someone who’s toxic (while interviewing them for a job)
  • How to show you’re interested in expanding your skills within your current company

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