What a Classy Way to Leave a Job!

While Amanda Meadows is preparing to leave her job as a Graduate Assistant in the Career Services Department at Bob Jones University, she is training her replacement, Erin Kimbro.

She’s not only training Erin, she’s proactively introducing Erin to her network, the people who helped her support BJU’s students with career planning services. As part of Erin’s training, Amanda sent me the following message on LinkedIn last week:

Hello Ms. Svei,

My graduate assistantship here at BJU’s Career Services is coming to an end in July, and we have hired a new GA, Miss Erin Kimbro, to take my place. I have been training her this week and will have two more weeks with her before I leave. Part of her training is helping her get set up with groups and contacts in our industry.

I have great confidence in her ability to learn the in’s and out’s of career planning and counseling and that she will be a valuable connection. I’ve appreciated your insights and articles shared via LinkedIn and know that they would be helpful for Erin. Would you be willing to connect with her?

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Amanda Meadows

Not only was I happy to connect with Erin, I asked Amanda and Erin if I could share Amanda’s message as an example of a best practice in leaving a job.

The next time you exit a job, ask yourself who in your network your successor will need to know.  Offer to make those introductions, in person or via LinkedIn, when the person starts.

Your successor will appreciate your generosity and, the easier their transition is, the stronger impression you will leave with your last manager(s).

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Updated June 2017

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Comments 5

  1. Kudos, Donna. What a great example. I too received a request from Amanda about Erin, and my reaction was the same as yours. Amanda did what the exceptional employee does when leaving a position or role – look after her employer’s best interests while mentoring her replacement to succeed in the job.

    Amanda, what you did is an inspiration to others. Erin, you have big shoes to fill. And Donna, thanks for sharing!

  2. While Amanda deserves a pat on her back for being a great team player, I believe that you are leaving out her boss/employer. All too often, if and when an employee tells their boss that they are considering other opportunities, the boss immediately shows the employee the door. Obviously, this is the result of an insecurity and poor leadership. When a boss or leader truly believes in an employee, wants the best for them and views the success of an employee as victory of their leadership, the employee will generally behave like Amanda. If they don’t believe in their leader, they will turn in their two week notice expecting to be fired shortly after doing so. I really believe that if you were to ask Amanda, you would learn that she really likes and respects her boss. Finally, not to undersell what Amanda is doing, but she is a graduate assistant and her position is supposed to end at a semi-defined point. While she is handling the issue graciously, her employer is expecting turnover in the position so it benefits them to ensure that the transition is smooth.

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