The Safe Exit: How to Quit Your Job the Right Way, with Ian Douglas

Meet Ian Douglas πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡¨πŸ‡¦! Developer, DevRel, Tech Educator, Career Coach, and author of The Tech Interview Guide, Ian Douglas, has been coding professionally since 1996. During that time, he worked at seventeen different companies! So, he probably knows a thing or two about how to transition companies in the most productive and secure way.

Whether you're a new or more experienced developer, sooner or later, the time will come to change companies. How can you be sure it's time to quit your job? How do you hand in your notice, and what do you even write in a resignation letter? Why is a manager who gets surprised by your leaving the company probably not a good manager? How do you hand off your projects, and when do you tell your coworkers you're moving on from the company? When should you publicize your new role on LinkedIn, why do some recruiters hit you up 90 days after you've changed jobs, and ultimately, how should you navigate all this in today's job market?

If you need help moving on from your role - or at least renegotiating it, listen to this episode!

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⏰ Timestamps

  • Alex changed jobs recently! (01:58)
  • "The first thing you really need to understand is why you want to leave the company" (03:16)
  • Have a direction in mind (05:02)
  • It takes six to twelve months to hit your stride at a new job (07:13)
  • With all the info you have currently, could you see yourself being at the new company for at least two years? (09:29)
  • Sometimes the company changes, and that's okay (10:00)
  • Should you feel guilty when quitting your job? (10:49)
  • What you need to know about notice periods (12:46)
  • The risk of resigning (14:42)
  • Get all your paperwork signed first (16:34)
  • What if your current company wants to keep you? (17:31)
  • Even if they manage to keep you, they might not trust in your loyalty (18:59)
  • Always communicate with your manager (21:00)
  • If you leave a job, it shouldn't really surprise your manager (22:29)
  • What if your company can't make the accommodations you need (23:20)
  • You need to be able to trust your manager (25:45)
  • How to communicate your resignation (26:27)
  • How to write your notice letter: it's just a notification email! (28:53)
  • Should you tell the team you're quitting (30:21)
  • Be prepared to lose access to company stuff (31:31)
  • Can you work for a competitor? (32:06)
  • Should you tell your current employer about the new company (33:48)
  • When should you share the news about your new job on LinkedIn? (37:58)

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The Safe Exit: How to Quit Your Job the Right Way, with Ian Douglas
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