Unless you strike gold with your career path at the age of 23, chances are you will find yourself transitioning in and out of companies. Saying goodbye to the people and places to which you have contributed your time can be nerve-wracking, exciting, or emotional; but regardless of the circumstance, it is important to transition out of a company with the same appreciation and grace with which you came into it.
In athletics, this means playing with the same commitment throughout the entire length of a game, and it’s a conscious decision that successful athletes are taught to make. The decision to remain focused is also a commitment that you can make to your personal brand when you become aware that you will be leaving your company.
Whether you are leaving to pursue an amazing next opportunity or because of negative experiences in your current role, this is a great time to hone in on your personal brand and the impression you want to leave behind. You have control over your actions and reactions, so make a game plan to help you achieve a positive, lasting impression. Consider these “Last Day in the Office” ideas to help you manage your personal brand during times of transition:
1. Make the Rounds
You have already done great work for your company and developed strong professional relationships; taking the time to properly bid them adieu will only strengthen those bonds and ensure that they will last once they become “long distance.”
Think of your final days in the office as one giant networking opportunity where face-time is key. Take the time to make the rounds and say goodbye in person. While each conversation will vary based on the professional relationships you have developed, treat each one with the respect and attention that it deserves. Most importantly, remember that last impressions are just as important as first ones, and if you do it right, a “goodbye” may turn into a career-elevating “hello” in the future.