You have decided to look for a new job but not sure how to leave your current one? It is a difficult choice we have to make but we have to make it.
First thing – The Resume
When was the last time I updated my resume, is it current, am I showcasing my talents? What do I have on here that will set me apart from others? For a driver, a clean abstract and CVOR showing no violations goes a long way. For office personnel, showing a wide variety of talent within the organization and showing advancement always stands out.
Looking for a job – Where do I go?
Talk to your friends, your colleges in the industry. Ask them what they like about their current job. If it’s a driver, do they have steady work, dedicated lanes, is there a slow period, what is the average amount of hours a week? How is their safety program, what is their CVOR level at? If you are a company driver, do I get benefits, what is the average age of the fleet, how does the training program work? If you are going to be in the office, is there room for advancement, how they train their staff, is there flexibility with your start and finish times.
Interview- Dress for the job you are seeking
If you are seeking a driver’s job, most will go to an interview in either their work attire or if they are off for the day will wear jeans or slacks and a nice shirt. The important thing is you need to be neat and clean in your appearance. Be proud of your abstracts and CVOR and if there are blemishes on them, be prepared to have the answer ready on to what happened. Be a few minutes early for the interview if you come in right on time, you appear to be rushed. When you are talking to the interviewer make eye contact, sit up straight and answer the question you are asked with confidence but do not ramble on. Office staff is no different than for a driver, neat, clean, fresh breath, combed hair and know a little about the company you are applying to, know a little about their history. Remember you are looking for ways to separate you from the others. You never get a second chance to make a first impression.
Leaving your current job – The letter
You have chosen to leave, you a new and exciting job, now how to tell your current employer? You must be professional in your letter, thank them for the opportunity to work there but you have chosen to seek employment elsewhere. Remember you do not want to burn any bridges; you want to leave and do so in a manner that if you wanted to come back the door is always open. Most employers will ask where you are going but you are not obligated to tell them that. Be respectful and indicate you would rather not tell the company. Be prepared they may ask you to leave on the spot or honour your2-3 weeks’ notice. If you are a driver you may be contractually obligated to give up to 30 days notice and if that is the case you need to honour it.
After you gave notice – Your legacy
You have given your notice, this is not the time to sit back and do nothing until your last day. You still have a job to do, honour your commitment to the company. If you are asked to train someone do not talk negatively about the company you are leaving. Simply tell your trainee that you have been given an opportunity with another company. Again when you leave, you want to leave in a professional manner and have the opportunity if presented with an office that you would have no problem coming back.
Congratulations on your new job!!!!