Since a lot of work is project-oriented in information technology, most IT contractors find themselves leaving IT jobs somewhat frequently. What IT consultants say on the last day of the job, whether their IT recruiters and IT staffing firms have found them a new job or not. Here are a few guidelines for IT professionals on what they should not be saying on their last day at job.
Don’t blast the company, job, your boss and coworkers, or the product or service. Assume anything negative you say will eventually get back to somebody. IT can be a small industry, and you’d never want to burn a bridge or tarnish your own reputation. It’s not worth it– no matter how good it would feel to let the criticism fly.
Don’t say anything about counteroffers and try to end all conversations about them ASAP. In the long run, nobody is actually happy at a place that gives them a counteroffer. It’s not worth getting into any haggling over one, either. Keeping things civil and clean is your best bet.
Don’t frame your decision to leave as something related to money. This will make things awkward and potentially do a lot of harm to your reputation. IT recruiters and IT staffing agencies don’t like to work with IT professionals who just jump from job to job, seeking the highest compensation. Don’t make it seem possible to view you in that light.