December 01, 2000
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December 2000

Leaving a Job Gracefully


When leaving a job you dislike, you might be tempted to let off steam and tell the world what went wrong. Hold back, says Bob Rosner, a speaker on workplace issues who offers advice at A better approach:

GIVE NOTICE. Set a date (two to six weeks out) for your departure, and offer to train and/or advise your replacement.

BE VAGUE. Say, “I want to pursue other interests” or “I found a job that furthers my career.”

SAY THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES. Be positive. Thank your employers and co-workers for training, experiences or relationships.

CLOSE ON AN UP NOTE. Background checks are a reality. So if bad times or bad feelings are the reason for moving on, try to salvage what you can on the way out the door.


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