How To Leave Your Job in Good Hands (& Why You Should)

WorkCoachCafeYou may find it hard not to smile when you resign from your job, but leaving your employer smiling may be more important in the long run.

Here’s why:

  1. How you leave a job is the last impression you make on your past employer — one who may be called on in the future to provide a reference for you.
  2. The cost of replacing employees has a high cost for organizations. The cost of replacing a nurse averages three times his or her annual salary. The cost of replacing truck drivers every year costs $5 billion.

Did you have a Eureka moment after six months on the job and think “If I had only known this my first week, I could have done this weekly report in 30 minutes instead of four hours?”

Share those thoughts. Write them up for your successors. Leave a record of the tips and tricks you learned that helped you do your job better, as well as the things your colleagues taught you. Be friendly and positive.

You’ll save your soon-to-be former company time and money. You’ll leave your former colleagues with a model of what professionalism looks like. And you’ll leave your soon-to-be former boss smiling. Even if the job wasn’t perfect, why shouldn’t your exit be as ideal as it could be?

For a little more along these lines:

How to Leave Your Job on Good Terms  (Job-Hunt Blog)


  1. After having my CV reviewed by a Touristic/Hotel company I received an answer saying:
    _” We have reviewed your CV and application; however we are unable to offer you an interview at this time. While we were impressed with your background and experience, we have concluded that other candidates’ qualifications more closely match the requirements for this position.

    However, the situation is constantly changing and we shall keep your details on file for six months for future reference. If you do not want us to do this, please let us know as soon as possible.
    We very much appreciate your application and wish you all the best in your future career endeavors.

    Kind regards,
    Recruitment Team

    What shall I do taking in account that I really want this job and I know I can be quite of a great use to them and a promising career for myself ? Do I have any chances to rebuild my presentation by the way?
    I first I must confess I was so self-confident and now I don’t know anymore…It was just yesterday. I want to fight for my chance of an interview.
    The job opportunity is in a Capital up to the northeast of my country and I live in the south. I am about to complete 47 years old but old and up-to-date. Brave spirit. Sparkle and proactive. Would you please give some feed-back on this?
    Best regards,


    • A.J.,

      When a company says another candidate more closely matched their needs, they typically have already extended another offer. There’s really not much you can do in that situation. I would encourage you to stay in touch with them, and make sure they have an updated copy of your resume in six months.

      In the interim, I recommend you look for other companies that could be of potential interest to you. And that you study the industry you want to work in – or continue to work in. Go to meetings, read up on trends, and save articles of potential interest to share with them when you do follow-up. Earlier in my career I used this technique with a company that I really wanted to work for – and ultimately I got the job the second time around.

      Good luck and all the best,

      • Dear Chandlee,
        I am very much grateful for you explanations. Your advices are going to help me in to improve my cv for the next opportunity they may give me.
        My best wishes in behalf of everyone you have helped and of those you will support in the future.
        As soon as get good news I’ll let you know.

  2. I got the exact same e-mail Adilson got. So what you’re saying is the position was pretty much already gone? I checked their website and the opening is indeed not there anymore.

    • chandlee says:


      An email like that means you are no longer under consideration for *that* position — nothing more. It doesn’t mean the same company won’t hire you in the future — it just means that you are out of the running for this one. Hang in there and keep trying. Someone will be lucky to have you.

      Good luck and all the very best,

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