You’ve found your dream job and you’re moving on. You don’t need to care about the job you’re leaving behind, right? Actually, you should care about your old boss and your old job for several reasons:

* You may need a reference in the future.
* You may find out that you don’t like your new job and you want to go back to your old job. (I know it seems impossible, but you never know how the new job will turn out.)
* You may end up working with former bosses or co-workers in the future if they move to your new company.

So, how do you quit your job? Always write a letter of resignation that is professional, polite and says something good about the job. Thank your boss for the opportunity to work for the company and mention how much you enjoyed your job or the work environment. Be sure you give at least two weeks notice and offer to answer any questions about projects you are currently involved in. Try to wrap up all your loose ends. And never say anything negative during your exit interview – stay positive.

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5 thoughts on “Moving On – How to Quit Your Job Right

  1. Aside from references, another good reason to leave on good terms is freelance work. In the current age of streamlined staff, former employees might be hired back for some work from home freelancing. I’ve seen a number of instances of this, and most people look on the practice favorably.

  2. Sounds like Stockholm Syndrome to me.

    Unfortunately real life is somewhat different. If I have an irreconcilable difference with a colleague or the boss that makes working for the company intolerable I will certainly say so. I won’t feign gratitude and put on a crocodile smile just for the sake of a reference.

    This is typical employee mentality and makes me want to cancel my RSS subscription. Whatever about encouraging leadership and entrepreneurialship?

  3. Hi Declan,
    You never know what the future holds, which is why I say burning bridges is a bad idea. If you quit your new job or the position doesn’t materialize, being able to stay at your old job or using that job as a reference can be essential, especially if you are supporting a family.

  4. Hi Declan,

    I have to agree with Katelyn on this. The thing to remember is that if you have a problem with a single person, you’re probably not the only one. While there’s no need to fake happiness, leaving on a note that is as positive as possible leaves a good impression with the others in the organization. The person you might dislike could leave the company the day after you do, but their assistant that watched the blow-up between you two could stay around for years to come. So, as with any situation, you’re not playing to an audience of one.

  5. Declan’s comments have been on my mind for the last few days, so I’m stepping forward with a quick question to the readers of this blog. I’ll post it as a seperate entry so it has more visibility.

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