As important as it is how you prepare to apply for your next career opportunity through the medium of your CV it is equally important as to how you prepare to leave your current employment. The reality is your CV is your employment ‘autobiography’ and your CV is not just about recording your career history but equally importantly a record of leaving a previous employment. Potential employers will most certainly be interested in both aspects of your CV.
Your CV represents you as a first and most important introduction to your future employer and one thing that is going to be reviewed is your reason for leaving your previous employer. Most companies have a professional approach in dealing with employees leaving no matter what the reason –resignation, restructuring, redundancy, termination- and to this end typically there will be an exit interview process available to employees leaving just as there is an introduction interview process for employees joining.
It is a requirement of employment law that when an employee joins a company they educate themselves with respect to the company’s policies and procedures. It stands to reason that when an employee intends leaving a company they should revisit the process of employment termination which will be described in the company’s policies and procedures manual. There most certainly should be an exit interview process referenced in the company policy and procedures manual.
The process of leaving a company should be properly recorded and documented during the exit interview and thereafter when updating your CV a brief reference should be made of this and if so required supporting documentation made available on request. One of the most essential requirements of this process is that you secure references from the correct persons within the company you are leaving. Never be concerned to ask for the exit interview process and references as this is your constitutional right.
During the next months the author will publish relevant information from a Policy & Procedure Manual. This information will be useful for employees to acquire knowledge and understanding of a company’s policies and procedures.
This Blog was created for Mood Group by a leading industry specialist who is a director of one of the largest Printing & Publishing company's in the region and a person that we have immense respect for. During his significant career he has employed or been involved in the employment decisions that will have shaped many candidates careers and indeed their family prospects and fortunes. We are very grateful for his contribution as our guest blogger.