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Checklist for Checking Out


We placed a candidate recently who was working, but also willing to start the new position with less than a week’s notice.

Hold on we told him.

We know that you’re ready to roll, but there never isn’t a time to do it the right way.

Your personal brand and reputation is always at stake in the world of work.

It’s a great opportunity to leave with a positive, lasting impression.

Here’s a quick resignation checklist.

1. The Actual Resignation

Always give at least 2 weeks of notice

Try to do it F2F

Always provide a resignation letter – best if printed out, concise, and professional

Thank them and ask for the detailed process to follow for the next 2 weeks

2. The 2 Weeks

Do what the managers ask

Hand over 100% of the work, no loose ends

Go above and beyond


Personally touch and speak with everyone you worked with

Don’t bad mouth the company

Tell them you are not open to counter-offers (many will not heed this warning, but it is perhaps the most important thing to do)

3. The Last Day

Make it clean and get the sign-off to depart

Clean is always the way when breaking up.

63-82 and sunshine.

Make it a great day, everyone!


SCN – Search Consulting Network

Jim Guerrera

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Jim Guerrera

Jim Guerrera, Managing Director, founded SCN in 2000. Jim is primarily responsible for the development of the leaders at SCN, strategic planning, the hiring and development of company associates, culture leadership, core value leadership, sales le...

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