How to Leave Your Job

My friends at Careerealism have a saying — “Because every job is temporary.”

They’re right.  Sooner or later, almost all of us will leave one company for another — or to start a business.

This article give you some great advice on how to leave your job the right way.

While it is tempting to tell your boss to “take this job and shove it” — just like in the old country song.  This is a bad idea, mainly because you’re burning a bridge that you don’t have to burn.

Leaving on bad terms can come back to haunt you.

Here’s a true story.  Many years ago, I left a job to return to school to get my PhD.  I was asked to participate in the hiring process for my successor.  I backed a candidate that didn’t get the job and was pretty vocal in my opposition to the candidate that did — a guy in another division.  As these things will, this information got back to him.

No harm, no foul.  Right?


Ten years later, I was working for another company and got a call from a recruiter.  I went through the pre screening and then to an all day interview at a company that sounded like a good place to work.  One of the folks who interviewed me asked if I knew so and so — who happened to be the guy that I didn’t recommend for my old job.

I said, “sure I know him, blah, blah, blah.”

I never heard back from that company, and the recruiter couldn’t give me a good reason why they dropped me as a candidate. I figured out that the guy who I poor mouthed did the same to me when he got his chance.

The lesson here?  I didn’t leave on the best terms with my successor — and it came back to bite me.  So when leaving one job for another, burn no bridges.  In fact, you should strengthen the bridges you already have.

Your career mentor,


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