What to Do on Your Last Day of Work

What to Do on Your Last Day of Work

Get This Done on Your Last Day at Your Job

On your last day of your job, there are probably a handful of things that you would like to do or say.

However, rather than finally telling off your boss, confessing your love to the receptionist or hiring a brass band to play you off, there are some things you need to get done for your own professional growth.

If your last day is coming up, keep these things in mind so that you can ensure an easy transition.

Clear Out All of Your Stuff

There’s a cliché visual of someone with a single cardboard box clearing out their desk and personal items upon leaving their job. In reality, you might need more than just a single box to get all of your stuff out of the office.

If you’re like many people, you turned your workspace into a bit of a home away from home. As a result, you have a ton of things to pick up. Make sure that you get all of your stuff out of the workspace. Once you’re done, make sure that the area is tidy for the next person as well. 

You also need to make sure you clear out your most personal items: your personal data. Go on your work computer and make sure that you are signed out of all of your accounts such as email and social media.

Send an Email to Your Coworkers

Again, it is always tempting to tell off a coworker that you didn’t like, but instead you should bite your tongue. If you leave on a sour note that will be what you are most remembered for rather than your hard work.

On your last day, send a group message to your coworkers thanking them for the positive experience and wishing them all the best Remember, these people are part of your network and can prove to be of service to you down the road some day.

Conduct an Exit Interview

Many businesses conduct what is known as an exit interview for employees leaving the company. During an exit interview, a soon-to-be former employee gives an honest depiction of what life at that company was like for them, and what they wish was different.

This is not meant to be an opportunity to trash talk the job or your coworkers. Instead, this is an opportunity to offer honest constructive criticism to your boss. Since you are leaving the job for greener pastures, your boss is probably curious to learn what could have made you stay.

Ask for a Letter of Recommendation

Since you are leaving, this may be your last chance to receive a letter of recommendation from your now former boss. You might need this letter down the road if you find yourself looking for a job again.


There is nothing wrong with bringing a cake or inviting your coworkers out for a drink afterwards to celebrate your time with the company. It can be a great final networking opportunity for you and the rest of the staff.

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