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How to Gracefully Leave Your Old Job
It's almost always exciting to start a new posi-
tion, especially after looking for it for some time.
Sometimes it is easy to get so wrapped up in the
prospect of a new job, one forgets how to profes-
sionally leave the current job.
Time and time again, I have seen resumes where
people have returned to a former employer later on
in their career.
You just never know where life will take you, and,
sometimes, it takes you back to where you had your
overall best experience.
This is the number one reason (amongst many)
for leaving your employer on a high note. There are
many aspects regarding how to do this, but all center
around good communication.
Communicate Why You Are Leaving
Typically, the best reason for leaving a job is ca-
reer growth or taking on a new type of profession
-- something perhaps that your current employer
cannot offer you.
There are countless reasons to make a move, but
the key is to make it center around you, not them.
It might be that you just want to see what else is out
there, or how you can make an impact in a different
way. You might be looking to work at a place that
sells a product or service you really like.
Obviously, you are to steer clear of citing reasons
why you don't like working there. It accomplishes
little, and most times the true message is lost by time
it is communicated to those who could make a change.
Basically, you gain nothing from being negative
about the organization and the people you are leaving.
Often, this is what people are referring to when they
warn against "burning bridges" when you change
employers, or even when changing jobs within the
People often struggle with how to present this
decision, and that is a natural reaction. It is not an
easy message to deliver.
If you are struggling, I recommend writing a letter
(not an email) and presenting it to your boss in per-
son. Let them read it, and then discuss it with you.
Professional courtesy is to offer two-week's notice
You might want to present an action plan of what
you will accomplish during that time and how you
propose to hand-off projects to others. This might
seem like the boss's job, but, when you do this for
them, it makes the whole process easier. After all,
one of the first things they think is "how am I going
to make sure the work gets done?"
Occasionally, an employer opts to have you leave
right away. They may not want you hanging around
telling others where you're going and that they should
join you. Other companies ask you to leave imme-
diately due to policies regarding protection of intel-
With this in mind, make sure you ask your new
employer about flexibility on start date. You may
have a gap in your paychecks if you're locked into
a later start date.
Sometimes when a job seeker submits their resig-
nation they get a surprise in return: a counter-offer.
Quite frequently, this includes a match on salary with
the new company's offer and, sometimes, an increase
in responsibility and/or better job title.
Why an Employer May Make a Counter-Offer
I've talked to many hiring managers about this,
and many do not make counter-offers for a myriad
Although no one likes to lose good employees, when
an employee makes the hard decision to leave, most
employers realize keeping them on is only trying to
band-aid the situation (it will likely prove to be a
temporary fix). The joy of a raise and new title is
short-lived in the working world. Six month later,
the employee will realize they still want to move on.
Sometimes the boss offers a counter just to protect
their own reputation. Are you first to leave
the group in a while or part of a trend of
folks leaving? Is the timing really bad for
You need to assess why the offer is being
presented. Is it simply because you are too
good to lose? And if so, why did it take a
resignation to prompt this kind of action?
Why Accepting a Counter-Offer Can
Backfire on You
If you accept the counter, you should
Some companies will start a search for a
replacement anticipating your future de-
parture. This is a disastrous situation as you
may be potentially fired (or overlooked for
You will have burned the bridge with the
potential new employer as you've wasted
their time. They probably will assume you
got their offer to get a counter from your
So, think long and hard before accepting
Maintain Your Network
Make sure you connect with your col-
leagues via LinkedIn, or capture their con-
tact info before you leave. You never know
when you'll need to contact them down the
road. It could be a professional request (as a
potential customer), a reference (for anoth-
er job), or even to hire them (maybe not at
your new employer, but the one after that).
Networking is a constant in our profes-
sional careers, not something to be done
once in a while. Hopefully, you have already
Leaving a company is often difficult. But
if done professionally and gracefully, you'll
be remembered in a positive way. Your rep-
utation in your industry can be paramount
to your success. You want the company to
say only how much they miss having you,
not how glad they are that you left.
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