US News lists seven things to do before you quit your job as follows:
- Make sure you've thought the decision through.
- Find out how your employer has handled other people's resignations in the past.
- Remove any personal files from your work computer.
- Take home any samples of work or contact information that you might want in the future.
- If you're leaving for another job, make sure that you have a formal, confirmed offer.
- Think through your messaging.
- Know how you'll handle a counteroffer.
A few thoughts on these:
- You MUST have a formal written letter before you can decide to leave or stay. Once you get that, then think it through and decide what to do. Pre-decide NOT to take a counter-offer as these rarely work out.
- Take what belongs to you from your current employer -- but not things that are company property. You likely signed an employee agreement that said you wouldn't do that.
- Here's your messaging: You gave a great opportunity and you want to take it. You love your current job, boss, company (say this even if you don't) but the new opportunity is too good to pass up.
That's my take on their suggestions. What are your thoughts?