Leaving a job: What to keep?

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Janette Janette
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Leaving a job: What to keep?

Hi! I got a new job (hooray!), and my last day at my old job is tomorrow. I'm struggling with what to keep. Please help! I want to stop the clutter before it gets into my home, but I also want to preserve what I learned and have what I need that will help me in the future.
Scott Scott
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Re: Leaving a job: What to keep?

Hi Janette,

Sorry for the late response. I have changed jobs a few times over the years, and I find that I rarely refer back to my old job material. My recommendation would be to limit what you would take to maybe some key contractual / HR / Financial documents. I have also kept a few key project deliverables as a portfolio of what I have done, which could be presented to future employers...

My only other tip:  For the few items that I did keep, I moved them into my new office, so that they do not clutter my home.

Good luck with the new job.

cheers - Scott (Bea's husband)
Janette Janette
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Re: Leaving a job: What to keep?

It's great to hear from you, Scott!

I pretty much followed your advice. I tried to keep only HR and benefits information and some work that I can use as writing samples (I'm a technical writer). I was really, really tempted to keep training materials, but I realized I can find them at the library or online--so I was able to reframe the value of keeping a bunch of bulky binders that will be outdated in six months anyway.

I'd never thought of moving things from a previous job to the new office. I'll consider that one!

Thanks so much for your reply.