The 3 Mantras of Quitting

September 4, 2014

Career Advice

Quitting can be scary and exciting and great and terrible all at the same time. It’s an awkward time for a job seeker because landing a new position (yay!) means severing ties from the old one (boo!). Transitioning from one job to the next is not always fun but there are ways to ease into this change. Here are our top tips:

Don’t tell anyone you’re searching for a new position.
Even if you tell only one person that you’re thinking of leaving your job, the word will get around. At the very least, that person may think differently of you and may reconsider your help on a project now that they have knowledge you may leave soon. But what if it takes you six months before you find a new position? And what if your boss finds out you’re searching? That’s a conversation you don’t want to have. It’s better to keep your lips zipped.

Find a position that offers something your company can’t offer.
Don’t settle for a new position just because it’s different. Make sure the new company is willing to either pay you more or give you further responsibilities that were never available to you in your current job. This may take some soul searching on your part. What exactly are you looking for in a new position? What’s missing at your current company? Where do you want to take your career? Answer those questions first.

Work hard until the very end.
You may feel like “checking out” once you begin a new job search, but burning bridges will do you no good whether you decide to stay in your current job or leave it. Not only can job searches take longer than you think, you never know when you might need your old employer to help you out. And you definitely want to be able to use your boss and coworkers to recommend you in the future. That means you must leave on a high note. Even after you’ve put in that two week notice, work hard and be helpful so you can go out with a bang.

For more advice on what you should do when it’s time to say goodbye, read our post about the right way to leave your job.

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