Getting a new job is an exciting time that can come with strong emotions, schedule and lifestyle changes, and even major moves. After you accept an offer for a new job, though, there are a few very important steps you can take to keep from burning bridges and help keep your professional reputation in good shape.
Giving advance notice of your departure is generally a best practice. The norms may vary—the standard is to give your current employer 2 weeks’ notice when resigning. But that isn’t always the case, as some jobs may be sensitive about security or information. In those situations, you may be politely escorted out of the building on the same day. Some employers may request more time than 2 weeks to help smooth the transition.
Adhering to the general norms of your employer or industry and helping smooth the transition for your manager and colleagues is important. Try to tie up loose ends in your work or help a colleague take over any important projects. The goal is to leave on a good note. A future job opportunity could bring you back.