This post is part of a three-part series about changing jobs in Product Management. Part one was about doing a self-evaluation and farming your network. Part two was about interviewing and evaluating offers. In this final part, we will discuss how to leave the right way, start on the right foot, and build bridges for the future.
After you have gone through the entire process of self-evaluation, farming, interviewing, offer evaluation, and acceptance, you will probably be mentally exhausted. There are still important steps to take before you can close the chapter on your current company, which must be done with grace.
No matter what kind of relationship you have with your current company, boss, or peers, leaving the “right way” is critical. It is a small World, and people have long memories – you want to be the person that they remember for all of your good traits, not for storming out the door or telling your boss to “take this job and…” …No matter how good it might feel. Remember, these people are your future references, and there is a fair chance you’ll run into them again in another role, or on the street, and you want that to be a pleasant meeting.