- Carolyn Cunningham For the AJC
When you think it's time to leave your job, how do you depart in a way that avoids personal and professional repercussions?
There’s no perfect way, but there are some smart moves to make your exit smooth, easier on your soon-to-be former boss and a breeze for you, said Forrest Wildes, director of strategic accounts for Harris Waste Management Group, a company based in Georgia.
"I would advise the person to make sure that they have considered all the pros and cons about the job they have and that their decision is final," Wildes said.
"I would suggest a meeting with your boss and explain that, for whatever reason, you feel led to take another job or you are moving or whatever the reason," Wildes added.
Will this decision lead you on the right path? Will you regret quitting, considering the consequences? Are you fearful? Do you feel guilty?
If you are certain this decision is right, you may want to follow these suggestions from IdealistCareers.org:
Consider your employer
Consider your family
How will leaving your job affect your family? Have you discussed your plans with them before you do the final deed of submitting your notice? Have you secured another job before submitting your notice? If not, do you have enough in savings to carry you and your family through until you can secure another job?
Final word, according to Wildes:
"Leave under good conditions if at all possible. Never burn the bridge if you can help it. You never know when you may need a reference or even need your old job back!"