We cannot emphasise enough how important it is to leave your current employment on good terms, bear in mind that your next big job may depend on how you leave your last one – no matter how difficult circumstances may be it is your prime objective to leave with grace and dignity. 

Managing your reputation in the medical industry is the best way to get ahead - The most important thing for anyone working in the medical field is a good reputation as this will be the deciding factor for potential opportunities.  Recent research proves that 50% of patients now make enquiries and study Doctors and Medics online.

Anyone working in the medical field knows just how important a person’s reputation is as ‘word of mouth’, is the top factor when people choose a nurse, specialist, Doctor or any other medic working in the Health Industry.

With the speed of social media guarding one’s reputation is paramount – two key issues in the medical field are trust and reputation, it is therefore a medic’s duty to act in a professional manner no matter how demanding the present conditions of employment.

Consider the following:

  • Inform your immediate supervisor or manager before discussing anything with your colleagues; your letter of resignation should be officially addressed to the HR department.
  • Be careful when expressing the reasons for your departure in your letter of resignation, because they could be mentioned in a future reference.
  • Tell your current employer how much you have enjoyed your job and how you have developed.
  • State that you would recommend your present job to others because it has helped you to realise your skills and potential.
  • Offer to stay until a replacement is found (within reason) a minimum of two weeks’ notice.
  • Suggest training your replacement or providing a detailed hand-over because you do not want to leave them in the lurch.
  • Say you will be contactable should any problems arise.
  • Remark on how you wish the company/hospital every future success
  • Thank your manager and your colleagues – it is possible you may meet them again.
  • If you have had a problem with a particular colleague try and repair issues before you leave.
  • You may be asked to attend an exit interview and give feedback; it is significant to be constructive in your criticism as the company/hospital may find feedback useful.
  • Complete your work as far as possible this includes any projects you may have been part of or give direction so that someone can easily follow.
  • Ensure your area of work is neat and tidy, empty your desk and leave it in an orderly fashion.
  • Maintain to be a productive employee right up until your last hour of employment – if you slack during your notice period you are just throwing away all your hard work.
  • Remember you want a good reference and a smooth exit is essential.
  • Do not boast about your new job.
  • Send a thank you note to the company/hospital and keep it positive.

You must leave on good terms because nothing will diminish your hard work and damage your character than to leave on bad terms and most importantly bear in mind that you will be leaving the door open should you wish to return.