This cast describes our guidance as to the actions to take when your boss resigns.

Some time ago, we produced a three part cast called How To Resign. It's a long series, because our recommendations take six weeks. When your boss resigns though, you often only have a week or two to come to terms with the idea and prepare yourself for the interregnum, the undefined amount of time where you have no boss, and the coming of the new boss. Whether you love or hate your current boss, change is always unsettling. Taking action within your circle of influence will make this time less difficult and allow you to potentially benefit from the change.

[By the way, for those of you who have been through this before, and perhaps the transition wasn't handled well, don't assume it's always that way. Take heart. The fact is there are some companies who do succession planning well, and when a manager announces she is leaving, it's almost already agreed to who is going to fill their role. Succession planning at all levels (even if it's just an executive having a back up plan in her desk) helps when a boss resigns.]

Here are some basic things you can do to prepare for the transition professionally.

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  • What do I do when boss resigns?
  • Can I take over my boss's job when she resigns?
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