Not every job works out – and that is okay. Sometimes it is for the best for all parties to respectfully part ways and move onto something different. Especially in the construction industry, where so many jobs are project-based, new opportunities pop up all the time. Even if you do not intend to continue the professional relationship with a particular manager or foreman, you should still follow some general guidelines when leaving a position. After all, the construction industry can be a pretty tight-knit community; you do not want to risk developing a bad reputation, making landing a job more difficult in the future.

Thinking about leaving your current role? Make sure to follow these steps:

Talk to your manager first

One of the biggest mistakes people make when leaving their job is to tell their colleagues and friends first. You do not want your boss to find out about your next steps through the grapevine; this comes across as disrespectful and unprofessional and could result in some tension during your remaining time on the job.

As much as it is possible, you should also try to give your notice in person. While your impulse might be to avoid an uncomfortable situation at all costs, just leaving a note (or not saying anything) would be far worse.

Respect the “two weeks”

Your new employer should appreciate that you need to wrap things up with your current position and hope that you would treat their company with the same respect. It does not matter if you are working in the office or on the job site; you should always give at least two weeks’ notice before leaving for your next role. Just walking out on the job can destroy project schedules and put lots of people in a tough spot. Not only is that bad karma, but it could also give you a bad reputation in the construction industry.

Wrap things up before you go

Whether you are wrapping up a current project or training someone who can take over your place on the job site, it is always best to finish strong. The last impression you give is usually what someone remembers the most, and you want to show that you are accountable and dependable. Essentially, aim to be someone that people want to work with in the future. On your last day, take the time to say goodbye and thank your supervisors and colleagues – you never know when your paths may cross again, so do your best to end on a positive note.


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