Hire Me: I'm Excellent at Quitting,
by Brittany Martin
You have the right to be happy at work --- why would we want it to be any other way? As our careers as Ruby developers flourish, amazing new opportunities will require you to quit a job that you may love or loathe. It's OK to quit. If you want to learn how to gracefully leave your job with a solid game plan, an educated successor, and without burning bridges, this talk is for you.
Intended Audience: Anyone -- including hiring managers, employees.
Outcome: My goal is for attendees to be more thoughtful and considerate when exiting jobs.
- About Me
- Our Current Industry
- Hiring vs. Quitting
- Ruby Developer Jobs
- Linked In
- When to Know to Quit
- Career Growth?
- Deal Breakers?
- Our Right to Be Happy
- It's OK to Disappoint Others
- Open Communication
- Know Your Goals
- Game Plan
- Tips on Finding a Job While Still Employed
- Update Your Resume
- Don't Look Like a "Flight Risk"
- Schedule Interviews Meticulously
- Communicate Your End Date
- Formal Letter
- Be Available for Any Questions
- You Will Wreck Your Manager's Day, Get Comfortable With It
- Dealing with Counter Offers
- Confirm Future References
- Resist Burning Bridges
- Save It for the Exit Interview, Only if Helpful
- Skip the Gossip, "Home Free" Mentality
- Write Down Lessons Learned
- Helpful When Considering Boomeranging
- Candid Conversations About Your Role
- Was it Too Much for One Person?
- Was the Pay Fair?
- Any Job Description Updates
- Document, Document, Document
- Volunteer to Assist in Interviews
- Volunteer to Assist in Training
- Allow Employer to Communicate With You Post-Departure
Leaving a company is often difficult. But if done professionally and gracefully, employees will be remembered in a positive way. The Ruby community is a tightly knit group and reputation in our industry can be paramount to our success. A lot of content is written about obtaining jobs but often skips leaving the last one. Time and time again, I have seen people return to a former employer later on in their career. As someone whom has had left jobs as both a developer and a product manager, I can be an authority on quitting with style and dignity.