With the end of August approaching, your focus may be on getting ready for school to start and not on how you will leave your current job. However, if you play this right, you may be able to leave a lasting impression on the place where you’ve spent a good portion of your summer.
Discussing your last day
Chances are, you have already discussed your last day with your boss. If you haven’t already done this, you should really sit down with them and go over anything you need to know before you leave. You’ll want to know the date of your last paycheck and be sure to leave your new contact information with them so they can mail it to you.
It’s always a safe idea to give them a head’s up that your last day is approaching. They may have forgotten that the big day is coming up, or they may need to rework the schedule to accommodate for your shift after you leave.
Make sure you don’t just leave at the end of the summer without letting your boss know that your seasonal job has come to an end. You may remember that on July 1 you discussed August 20 being your last day, but they may not.
End with a (positive) bang
Regardless of if you enjoyed your summer job or not, you should do your best to not burn any bridges. Don’t stand up on a table your last day and scream about how much you hate everyone there and how awful the business is. The connections you make can be so important down the road and a powerful reference can take you a long way in your career.
It may be hard to get motivated with the end so near, but now’s not the time to get lazy. It’s the time to work a little harder so you can really stand out.
If you want to really stand out, try doing something sweet for your coworkers, like surprising everyone with breakfast on your last day. You’ll be remembered you for your thoughtfulness, which trumps a reputation for a attitude.
Why this is important
You may be thinking, “Why would I care what my summer boss thinks of me? The summer is over and I am out of here!”. In addition to having a good reference in your pocket, you also want to keep the door open for future employment. Even if you didn’t enjoy the position and don’t want to work there next summer, you may not be able to find something better and will regret leaving this position on a bad note.
Also, think about the breaks in the school year. Between all of the holidays and long weekends, there is a chance you will want to come back and earn some extra cash throughout the year.
When you’re discussing your last day with your boss, tell them you would be interested in working during your school breaks and be sure you emphasize how much you enjoyed working there and how much you’ve learned from the experience.