Top 3 Tips to Leave Your Job Without Burning the Bridges

Quitting from your job is a part of the normal job process so it shouldn’t be too complicated for both employer and employee however it would be a very big mistake if we burn the bridges when we leave. There are some golden rules to follow when leaving a job. It doesn’t have to be painful especially for employees. A couple of simple steps would prevent us closing the doors forever. Never slam the door, you might want to open it again one day.

Nobody starts a job with the thoughts that he/she would leave it one day but gone are the days of ra job for life, and circumstances change so it is more than likely that we will leave eventually. Low pay rates, different expectations, relocating, needing a career break etc, the list is endless. There are appropriate ways to quit a job that won’t shut the doors to us in the future.

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However even if we close the doors nicely and in very kind way it will still damage some of the feelings on both side as at the end of the day by handing in our notice we are causing disruption to the workplace. Your notice period may not be the most enjoyable weeks you have had during your employment at that company because of your resignation. Your manager has to find somebody else that can do the job as well as you did, and there is a limited time to do this. There are many job seekers out there and the vacancy will be filled quickly but what if the new employee is not good as you or needs lots of training?

How to leave without upsetting people at work

1- Thank You Everybody, It Was Pleasure

You should thank everybody that you worked with during your time at that company including your boss. It doesn’t matter whether you had a bad experience with some of them or not, just say thank you anyway. This behaviour won’t lose anything to you and may provide opportunities in the future. So leave disagreements behind will and get a fresh start with your new job and you will feel much better if you need to contact your old employer in the future for references, or if things don’t work out in the next job. Writing a card is always a good idea if you don’t want to make an official speech with everyone at work.

2- Be a Recruiter Before You Leave

Why don’t you recommend some people for your position to your boss so they don’t have to deal with the hassle of replacing you. If you know somebody who can do your job as well as you then why not suggest them for the upcoming vacancy? Suggesting someone will ease your company’s job a lot. Avoiding the application process, avoiding advertising and recruitment costs, the only stage is a simple interview to talk about when can this suggested person start and salary discussions.

If you are sure about your alternative then go ahead and recommend them for your position! Beware though – never suggest someone who you think won’t be able to do the jobs you were used to do for the company otherwise they will blame you for the difficulties they encounter in training.

3 Letter of Resignation

You can’t just say you’re leaving, pack up your things and leave, that would certainly be burning your bridges. One of the most important things when writing a resignation letter is it to be personal and positive. You should also make sure to mention what a good time you had when you were working with them and list a couple things that you learnt while you were working there.

Don’t forget that this letter will be archived in your personal file, and seen by employees in human resources. This will also be reviewed when you request a job reference or if you ever want to return to the company so write something that won’t put you in a difficult position. Your potential employers will call your previous employers and want to hear what an excellent, respectful and reliable employee you were when you working with them.

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