I'm ready for a new job, but worry that my boss will get stuck with my work? What should I do?

At any stage of your career, never feel guilty about seeking better opportunities.

At any stage of your career, never feel guilty about seeking better opportunities. The best way to support your supervisor is to help ensure a professional, smooth transition.

Provide sufficient notice of resignation and a written status report of your pending workload. Request a meeting with your supervisor and/or team to develop a transition plan.

As a departing employee, you will also want to ask appropriate questions about your benefits, such as when your health insurance coverage terminates and what will happen with your 401(k). Also ask about your post-employment obligations. You should request copies of all relevant documents you signed, such as non-competition and non-disclosure agreements, as well as your employer's post-employment practices. If needed in the future, will they provide a reference?

When returning company property, such as your laptop, keys, company credit card, be sure to obtain written confirmation.

Mike Marino is an independent HR consultant.

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