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    9 Things To Do After You Quit Your Old Job And Before You Start Your New One

    "Easier said than done, but there's no need to feel guilty."

    Millennials and Gen Z'ers tend to share different attitudes about staying in a job than the generations before us. And although we're not afraid to drop a job (especially for the sake of our mental health, cash flow, or lateral growth), we're not immune to the anxiety that comes with making these transitions.

    If you can relate, here are some things you can do between leaving your old job and starting your new one that can help you make the most of the transition:

    But first and foremost, congratulations on the new gig! You deserve it.

    1. First, try to leave on a good note. I get it: Some jobs are toxic AF, but do your best not to leave a sour taste in anyone's mouth before you go.

    2. Be honest in your exit interview, but try not to be too harsh. Your employers will review what you have to say, and you don't want to jeopardize relationships.

    Woman talking with two interviewers in an office

    3. Take the time to collect all the proof of your success at your old job, like performance reviews, testimonials, and successful projects. It's great for your résumé *and* your ego.

    Big stacks of file folders full of your acheivements

    4. Take a vacation if you can afford to. Starting a new job often comes with its own load of stress, so it's important to take time to refresh before working again.

    Woman on a tropical beach

    5. Update your résumé, cover letter, and any other application materials after leaving your job.

    6. If you had a 401(k) at your old job, look into rolling it over so you don't lose track of it.

    Eggs in a nest labeled 401k, roth, and IRA

    7. Take a beat and reflect on your career and where you want to be. Sit down and really think about what you want to do in your position and how this new job can help you get there.

    Woman meditating in her backyard

    8. Know that feeling guilty for leaving a job is normal, but remember, you don't have to feel remorseful. Leaving a job is part of working.

    9. Finally, if you find yourself getting nervous and wondering if you're up for the challenge (or why they even hired you), you're not alone. We've all been there, and the truth is, you were chosen over all the other candidates.

    Woman rubbing her temples at her desk

    Finally, don't forget that starting a new job is an exciting and monumental accomplishment. There are so many things you can do during this in-between time, but most of all, pat yourself on the back because You. Did. THAT.

    What do you like to do before you start a new job? Share your tips in the comments.

    And for more stories about work and money, check out the rest of our personal finance posts.