How To Smoothly Leave Your Current Job And Start A New One

How To Smoothly Leave Your Current Job And Start A New One


If the thought of a new job can leave you in a ball of cold sweats, flinching at the imminent fuzz of new details flying out one ear as fast as they came in.

There’s the contract, negotiating terms, organising tax, filling out Super forms and you haven’t even given your notice yet. It’s a bit overwhelming.

If you are like me, then we need a plan to relax. And luckily, we’ve devised one. The hard yards are finally over with this guided tour to finishing your current job and beginning the new one.  

The Beginning of the End
There are a few things to consider when leaving a job.

1. Cover your future expenses. Make sure you have the financials to float you between jobs. Work may be at an end but rent, bills and your survival is priority.

2. Plan your exit, smoothly. When you are ready to move on give ample notice. Check your contract or your award for the minimum notice you must give your employer.  At the end of the day, it’s really just a nice thing to do for your work mates who will need to reshuffle the workload when you’re gone.

 3. Tee up your support team. When applying for work it’s handy to have references. Best to give them a heads up when your future employer will follow them up.

The Casual Trap

Being in casual employment is that double edged sword. You could theoretically swing that door behind you for good. But, that’s also asking for some bad juju.  Your employer will be left high and dry, and it could put a strain on your co-workers which risks losing contacts to vouch for you. Just something to consider when you’re moments away from throwing in the towel and walking out the door to emancipation.

Yes, the door swings both ways, and theoretically your boss can legally dismiss you on the spot.  But quite often, they need you just as much as you need them. My advice? Leave with grace, on good terms, acknowledge the good moments and say thanks for the opportunities and development.

Sometimes, leaving work isn’t on your terms, it happens. If you have been unfairly dismissed, try the Fair Work Commission.  

The Limbo Land

The stressful stage of applying for work, filling out arduous key selection criteria and nailing interviews will be inevitable. FYA has a bunch of guides to help you through the application process and get you on the road to your dynamic illustrious career.  Finding work can be difficult, particularly when the average time for post graduates finding stable work is about 4.7 years.  Keep your head up! Keep going.

The Beginning of a New Beginning

Check out the 5 Quick Facts About Your Rights At Work‎ for the low-down of what your employment status means, and how to cover your bases, like a pro.

The first few weeks will be daunting, but at least you can rest easy with your savvy organization skills that will make this transition feel seamless. Good luck!

Young people are some of the most vulnerable members of the workforce. Not having the right knowledge or experience means we’re more likely to have our rights exploited in the workplace. We decided to help change that. Educating Young Workers is a series we created with the good folks over at the Fair Work Ombudsman to share facts, help others understand their rights, and resolve issues. 


Need more help understanding your rights at work?

The Fair Work Ombudsman exist to help you understand your rights and responsibilities at work. If you've got questions about your entitlements, head on over to their website.

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