3 Tips for Professionally Quitting Your Accounting Job

Congratulations on landing your new accounting job. The only challenge now is to transition out of your current role with grace and class.

And even if working for your employer hasn’t been a bed of roses, you don’t want to burn any bridges.

To that end, rather than chanting, “Hey hey hey, goodbye” while wearing a party hat, consider following these 3 tips for professionally quitting your accounting job.

Tip #1: Positive Messaging

The GTA is a small world, particularly the finance and accounting industry. Remember that word-of-mouth is a powerful thing, so avoid engaging in negative talk about your employer. Even if your time with your current employer was challenging, determine one area where they have facilitated your growth, or treated you well. Then speak about that. For example, they may have paid for your professional development, adding to your skill set, increasing your marketability and fundamentally building your personal brand. Regardless of your feelings, that’s worth something, so speak positively about it.

Tip #2: Smooth Transition

Be professional to the very end by ensuring a smooth transition. Wrap up everything that needs doing. Leave things organized and finish the way you started – by delivering on expectations. A poor finish can tarnish a stellar reputation, and that can be a blow to your future accounting career.

Tip #3: Be a Resource

Continue to position yourself as a team player by being a resource for a few weeks after you leave the organization. Communicate that you are willing to help the person who is hired to fill your role if there are any questions or concerns. This small gesture can go a long way in maintaining any relationships you’ve built, and help ensure a place for you if you need to return.

To continue building your personal brand and upward career trajectory consider following these 3 tips for professionally quitting your accounting job.