Quitting your Job with Style

Woman climbing pay scale If you are in the process of, or are thinking about quitting your job it is worth considering carefully how you go about it. This article from Harvard Business Review caught my eye, with some tips on how to quit with style. If you are leaving your current role because you hate your boss or don’t feel valued be careful how you phrase your reasons for leaving – you never know when your paths may cross again or whether your boss is a friend or business contact of your future employer. As Steven DeMaio, writer of the article, says ‘many quitters more or less slink quietly out the door, without fully articulating why they're leaving; a smaller but still sizable number tend toward grandstanding as they exit, unable to resist the urge to preach or point the finger. Neither is a good way to end a working relationship.’ Instead he suggests making it clear that the decision is about you, and that you articulate your reasons by framing them in terms of what you need. You should try to stay connected through professional organisations and online, through Linkedin for example, as you may want to retain a working relationship that could lead to freelancing or consulting. Talking openly about your departure makes people less likely to ‘stew’ or start gossip about your reasons for leaving. Whatever your reasons make sure the move fits with your career strategy and plan your exit with this in mind.

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