For most people the relationship between an employee and employer ends with the employment. Many believe that as soon as you receive your final pay check you bid farewell to your employer forever. However, your relationship with your previous boss should ideally continue for at least ten years from the day you officially leave your job. You should strive to keep a healthy relationship with your past employers and network with them as often as you can because:
- When you look for new employment and attend interviews, you can expect the questions like, ‘did you had a healthy working relationship with your ex-boss’ or ‘what is the opinion of your past supervisor about you’? Having a good relationship with your ex-boss puts you in a better position to answer these questions.
- You may need to provide details of your past employers for the references list. Your potential employer may contact your past employer and ask about your general behaviour, performance and work attitude.
- Assuming that you leave your employment at a positive note, you could consider getting re-hired by the same employer. Why not? You hear stories about employees getting rehired by the same employer. It could be you too!
- Building and maintain a network comprising of your past employers and ex-colleagues is always a great thing to do. Your network could be the key behind your career success as these people can help you with job leads.
So what can you do end your employment at a positive note and to leave way for positive relationship with your past employer?
Here are few tips that could help:
Have a Smooth Quitting Process
How you quit your job lays the foundation of good or bad relationship with your boss. You can make it a smooth process leaving both parties contented OR you can do the opposite and have a bitter experience. Once you have decided to leave, gather your reasons to quit and communicate them to your boss in the best possible way. If you are leaving because of factors like relocating or taking care of family, it can be much easier to explain. If you are leaving because of some other work-related factors, you can simply say that you are looking for a more challenging job opportunity that could use your full potential.
Provide a Notice Period
If possible, provide at least one month notice period. This will not only provide your employer adequate time to find your replacement and train them while you are there but it will also show how much you care about the company.
Tell your boss about your resignation yourself.
Make sure that your boss hears the news of your resignation from you and not anybody else. Hearing news from someone else will not make them happy and it will also show that you don’t trust them. Have a discussion about your boss about your quitting decision and let them ask questions and provide you options.
Acknowledge and Thank your Boss
On your last day at work, make sure you have a farewell meeting with your boss. Thank them for their support and let them know how much you have learned from them and their feedbacks. Ask them if you could include their name in your references list.
Requesting a Job Reference
Before you submit your ex-boss name and contact details to your potential employer, ask for permission. You can call them or send an email for this purpose. Let them know about the time when they should expect the call from your potential employer. If possible, send your ex-boss a copy of your resume so that they know about your key strengths.
Lay the Foundation of a Good Relationship
Few weeks after your resignation, send your boss an email or text just to say hello. Provide them brief details about your current condition like relocating or news about the new job. Make sure you provide them your new contact info and show your interest to stay in touch with them.
Make it a habit to get in touch with your former boss through an email or a phone call once in a while.
Remember, networking is considered to be the topmost way to land a job in today’s economy, as most of the jobs are filled via word of mouth. When you connect with your old employer and ex-colleagues, you make your network stronger, bigger and better which can eventually help you in your career success. So, keep a positive and friendly relationship with your previous boss and you might need their help in near future.