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!
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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