By Jose J. Ruiz
Here are seven tips to help you getting through the difficult transition period.
First, maintain good relationships, don’t burn bridges.
Whatever the reason of your leave, maintain good relationships with your boss, colleagues, and other stakeholders. Carefully plan how and when you are telling them about your leave, so both the timing and the ambiance are favorable to your image. You started the job positively; you will need to exit gracefully.
Second, explain your transition plan.
Explain to your boss about how you will be handing over your tasks to the successor. Develop a good transition plan and discuss it with your boss and team. Maintain a positive atmosphere as much as possible. Your leaving should give birth to an opportunity to excel for others.
Third, notify people in person.
Leaving a job is a huge thing. Notify your boss, colleagues, and other important stakeholders in person. Conduct short meetings, which can be one-on-one or in groups. Choose your words carefully, be truthful, and caring in tone. Tell them where you are heading and how they mean to you. Maintain a positive atmosphere at all times.
Fourth, talk nice about people and recommend them for certain positions or tasks.
Whenever possible, recommend your team members and colleagues for certain positions or tasks that they are excellent with. This way, you will leave the position on a positive note. They will owe you big time when they get the positions or tasks. Maintaining friendships is even more important after you leave and this is one of the ways to do so.
Fifth, appreciate your supervisors, colleagues, and other stakeholders.
Write notes or emails about how you appreciate them. Tell them how they mean to you. Include incidents when you were assisted and what you learned from the lessons. Remember, people always remember how you make them feel.
Sixth, assist the transition team.
Most likely, a transition team is formed to assist with the smooth transfer of your tasks to the team or the new person. Assist them as much as you can, including sharing experiences of unique situations and your best practices.
Seventh, be open to suggestions on future possibilities.
When you are open to future possibilities, you are creating a cushion or a “backup plan,” just in case you need it in the future. What the future possibilities are may not be clear at the moment, but by expressing your interest in keeping in touch with them is a sign of maintaining a strong bridge with the old company and former colleagues
At last, be positive on your future. Your past experiences with the old company shall serve as a strong foundation for the future position. Moreover, you still have your former boss and colleagues’ support whenever you need them in the future. Be graceful and stay positive.
ABOUT JOSE J. RUIZ
Jose Ruiz serves as Alder Koten’s Chief Executive Officer providing vision, strategic direction and the roadmap for the executive recruiting firm’s future. He is also involved in executive search work focused on board members, CEOs and senior-level executives; and consulting engagements related to leadership and organizational effectiveness helping clients create thriving cultures. An important part of his time is spent on research work focused on organizational effectiveness centered on leadership and culture. Prior to joining Alder Koten, Jose was a Principal with Heidrick & Struggles’ Global Industrial Practice based in Houston, TX and Monterrey, Mexico. His professional experience also includes leadership positions in engineering and operations management for manufacturing organizations in the US and Mexico. This experience includes serving as vice president and general manager at Holley Performance Products. Jose serves on the board of Shelmex and on America’s Council of the Association of Executive Search Consultants where he also chairs the Boutique and Independent Search Firm Forum.
Jose holds a master’s degree in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical and electrical engineering from the Instituto Technologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. He is fluent in English and Spanish.
Jose can be reached at jose.ruiz@alderkoten or at his office in Houston +1 (713) 476–9000
ABOUT ALDER KOTEN
Alder Koten has recruiters and research teams in Mexico and the United States. The firm was founded in 2011. Its headquarters are located in Houston and it has offices in Guadalajara, Monterrey, and Mexico City with partner firms in New York, Boston, Chicago, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Denmark, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and United Kingdom. Alder Koten recruiters serve multiple industries including automotive, building products, construction & projects, consumer markets, energy & chemicals, equipment & industrial products, financial services, life sciences, medical devices, maquiladora, mining & metals, professional services, renewable resources, technology, and transportation & logistics. The firm is a proud standing member of the Association of Executive Search Consultants. The Association of Executive Search Consultants was founded in 1959 as the Association of Executive Recruiting Consultants (AERC) for the dual purposes of creating a professional association for the most competent and reputable search firms, and for providing clients and prospective clients a means by which to differentiate qualified and ethical practitioners.