Leaving your Long Term employer

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It is estimated that the average person in the UK will have around 12 jobs during their lifetime.

There are so many reasons that cause people to leave a job and unless you’re a prolific job hopper, it can be hard to leave an employer, particularly if you’ve been there for a significant period of time.

It is completely normal to fear change and for a large percentage of people, this actually prevents them from leaving a job despite being unhappy.

We don’t condone quitting any job without giving it careful consideration and ensuring you have a plan B, but once you’ve made your decision, we hope this article will help you manage the process in the best way possible for everyone involved.

Handing in your notice

No matter the circumstances of your departure it is always best to end on a positive and with the best relationship possible with your colleagues. Give as much notice as you can to ensure you are not leaving your team in the lurch. You might be able to offer to give a handover of your role to ease the next person in if timing and/or policy permits. All of these things will help you feel you feel better about your decision to leave and will demonstrate that you’re a loyal employee to the end. It is good to prepare answers to the many questions you will face in advance so you don’t feel put on the spot because it is likely that both your manager and fellow colleagues will want to know why you’re leaving!

Counter Offer

There’s a chance your manager might give you a counter offer to encourage you to stay. Yes this is a testament to your talent and worth within the company but is it really what you want? There is a reason you decided to leave in the first place so will things change if you decide to stay? It’s predicted that 80% of people who accept a counter offer still end up leaving within 12 months so there is a high risk that you will losing the opportunity you’ve been offered elsewhere by accepting a counter offer. We’ve written a separate blog discussing counter offers which you can read here.

Mixed Emotions

When making a decision to leave a job it is totally normal to be faced with a wave of mixed emotions from guilt to fear and a dose of apprehension thrown in for good measure. You may also feel sad about leaving your colleagues and doubt your ability in your future employment.  That’s because if you’ve been in a role for a long period of time it’s likely you can do it with your eyes closed. Your team become your comfort zone and suddenly the future seems uncertain. Once you’ve handed your notice in and have a wave of questions from your colleagues you may even second guess your decision! It’s so important to remember that change can be good as so is stepping outside your comfort zone. If you’ve secured another job it’s because that employer saw something special in you so stick to your decision and embrace your next challenge!

Employee loyalty is a very attractive quality for recruiters and hiring managers but it is also important that you never let your loyalty to a business, manager or team get in the way of your own happiness and career goals.

We’ve been helping candidates find their dream job in the Motor Trade for more than 16 years so if you need advice and support in your job search be sure to get in touch,

Our friendly and professional team at Perfect Placement are on hand to help so give us a call today on 01603 701 077.