last day at your current job


The majority of us will move from one job to another during our careers. These changes can be due to unhappiness at work, a new direction or career path, or a simple desire to develop. However, a large number of people move jobs simply because it is the nature of the work they do.

These people are contractors. For contractors no two jobs are the same. An assignment can last from one day to two years! This means that for some contractors, they can be moved from one placement to another every week or month.

It’s Friday afternoon and you’ve contacted us in search of your next assignment. You are told by your consultant that your next assignment is due to start on Monday morning. Before leaving your current placement in a blaze of glory, by telling your boss and that annoying colleague exactly what you think of them, it is wise to follow these important rules of etiquette regarding your last day: 

  • However much you may dislike your boss, s/he could be a really good contact for you in your new assignment or permanent job, so don’t take your leaving as an opportunity to speak your mind
  • If you wish to take contacts or examples of work, get permission from your employer. By not gaining permission you may breech a confidentiality clause
  • Be up to date on all administration. Complete your timesheets, invoicing and forecasts. Not completing day to day requirements will upset your employer, and will make life harder for your ex-colleagues. If you have been on the assignment for a while, it is advised to put together hand-over notes and contacts. This is so that the person who will be replacing you will be able to get on with the job in hand, and pick up where you left off. How many times have you gone to a new placement only to find no-one knows (well, except for the last contractor) where that all important document has been filed
  • If, when leaving the assignment, you feel that your time spent with the company could have been much better you could ask for an ‘exit’ interview. Here you can explain to your employer what went wrong for you. They can then take your constructive criticism and apply it
  • Say goodbye to your clients and customers only after ensuring that your employer is happy for you to do so
  • It is extremely wise to leave all placements on a good note. This is because as a contractor, there is always a possibility that sometime in the future you maybe sent there again.