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Keeping it Classy – How to Resign From Your Job with Grace

July 27th, 2015

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It is time to make the switch. You need to move from one employer to the next, but, as with many people in today’s risky job market, you do not want to burn your bridges at your old job. After all, you do not want others talking about you to prospective employers in a negative light (in case you did need to find a new job) and you definitely don’t want be unable to go back if you had to at some point.

How can you leave your old job without making people angry?

Tips to Make the Move

The first thing to realize is that you will not be able to step away (assuming you are a desirable employee) without it hurting some. There is no easy breakout in the employment world. A few things you can do to make such a transition easier to take.

  • Realize that anger will be a part of the reaction the employer gives to you. Hands down, people do not like change and want to feel as though you would never do that to them. There will be some anger involved.
  • Ensure you meet all legal obligations. You should know your employment agreement well enough to know what steps you must take to leave on good terms. You should also understand any and all non-compete clauses, obligations to clients and other legal requirements you face as you transition. Do you have the right to take that client with you? Do not do it until you know you can legally do so.
  • Hire an attorney if you need to do so. You will need an attorney to help you to make the move if there is a lot of red tape to cut through. Do not be afraid to get a legal professional into the mix to ensure the process goes smoothly.
  • Do not use your current employer’s technology and resources to find or to communicate with your prospective new employer. Be sure to use your private email account and your cell phone for such communications, not the firm’s. Most importantly, keep any plans you have confidential — even from that good friend you have at work.

The bottom line here is that any transition is going to be difficult but it is up to you to make a clean break. You may not be able to save that position in case you do need to go back. However, if you take the steps to minimize at least some of the damage in the process, you will not get a bad reference from your manager, unless he or she is out to get you for leaving the manager behind while you moved on to bigger and better things.

When you are ready to take the leap to a brand new career, consider how Concorde Personnel in Westchester, New  York can help!

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