Originally Published: Friday, 28 January 2000 Author: Mark Nowlin
Published to: news_interact_jobs/Jobs News Page: 1/1 - [Printable]

Back to The Future

At some point in time, it becomes necessary to quit a job (yes, even a Linux job). When this happens, there may be a possibility that you might want to return to that job at some point in the future.

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At some point in time, it becomes necessary to quit a job (yes, even a Linux job). When this happens, there may be a possibility that you might want to return to that job at some point in the future. Many technical people are doing just that, due to the mass lovefest occurring over Linux/UNIX technical skills.

Lately, many technical professionals have opted to return to a previous employer that they once had in the past. For most companies, this is a dream come true. The training curve is almost nearly eliminated when this occurs, which eliminates costs. When recent surveys show figures like $5,000 to $49,000 dollars worth of training being required to train a technical person who makes $60,000 annually, this makes previous employees valuable assets.

So why not leave yourself the option of returning to a previous employer?

Most of the time, leaving a job is not easy. Salary reviews may not quite go the way you thought they would. Management can change hands, and you may not see eye-to-eye with the new crew. Several factors can lead to your departure from a company, and leaving can almost always be accomplished amiably.

There are some steps that you should take when you leave a company if you wish to ever have the option to return in the future. Ones that I have found important are:

Give 2 weeks notice. You would be surprised how far a 2 weeks notice goes in the eyes of an employer, even though you are leaving them. Finish out the 2 weeks entirely. Don't give a 2 week notice, and then skip out early every day thereafter, or not come in at all. This will certainly not gain you favor should you ever wish to return.

Be open about your departure. Tell people where you are going, what you will be doing. Don't take this as an opportunity to bash your soon-to-be ex-employer. Use good judgment here, don't break any rules of conduct set forth in your terms of employment and don't say anything that would get you fired before the 2 weeks is up.

Don't be a stranger. Just because you are leaving a job, doesn't mean all of your coworkers of old should be forgotten. These are the people who helped you when you were in need, trained you when you were a newbie, and fronted you the extra cash when payroll "accidentally" left 40 hours of pay off of your check (OOPS!). Who knows, that employee referral bonus at your new job might land you some extra cash when they are ready to depart.

Optimize your remaining time. If there is one thing I can't stand, it is someone who leaves the job without leaving any info on specific important tasks that need to be accomplished on a regular basis. This includes documentation on scripts, cronjobs, and, but not limited to, maintenance procedures. i.e.. A guy leaves, who compiled several mission critical applications to run out of his home directory. When his account is de-activated, a storm hits, because his home directory was archived and moved to a different location. Noone had a clue he had done this, until it was too late.

Now I know that some of you will do more than I've listed to ensure a good departure, and some of you will do none of the above. However, you would be surprised how past jobs can creep up on you. Good or bad, however you leave is up to you. Of course, you might be terminated, in which case a security guard will most likely be escorting you out the door. Future employment in those circumstances is bleak at best.

Mark Nowlin is a Technical Solutions Consultant for Sprint Paranet http://www.sprintparanet.com in Fort Worth, Texas USA. Opinions expressed in this article are that of the writer and do not represent the opinion of Sprint or Sprint Paranet.

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