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How To Break Up With Your Job


Breakups are never fun.  Just like breaking up with a significant other, leaving your job can be an uncomfortable and awkward situation; one that you wish you could avoid.  No matter how bad you want to get out of the “relationship”, it’s important to avoid burning any bridges and handle the process professionally.

You never know where life may take you, who you might be working with in the future, who may be called on as a reference, or who your future clients could be.  Just because you quit your job, doesn’t mean you leave it all behind.  Your past employers can have a significant impact on your future positions.

Leaving a job isn’t an easy decision, and it is definitely not something that should be taken lightly.  Make sure that quitting is the best decision and that you’re not just reacting in the heat of the moment.  After careful consideration, if you decide that leaving your current position is what’s best, do so professionally and respectfully.

Breaking up can be tough, so here are some important tips to consider.

1)  Give a professional two weeks’ notice.  This sounds simple; however, it is often ignored.  You can become so wrapped up in your new opportunity, or whatever is going on and feel as though that is all that matters.  Just remember, no employer wants to hire someone that is willing to leave at the drop of a hat.  If you leave one employer without giving notice, what’s stopping you from doing it again?  Putting in your professional notice not only gives your employer the opportunity to find a replacement, but it gives you the chance to tie up loose ends and shows respect.

2)  Let your boss know you plan to leave before you tell anyone else.  No matter what the relationship is between the two of you, out of respect, your boss should be the first to know.  Office gossip travels fast, and while you may think that telling one or two people that you’re quitting isn’t a big deal, it can leave a very poor impression and have a negative impact.

3)  Keep it positive and professional.  No matter what your reason for leaving is, do not bad-mouth the company, your boss, or any colleagues.  Remember, just because you’re not going to be working there any longer, doesn’t necessarily mean that those people will be out of your life forever.  It is important to show respect for the opportunity you were given.

4)  Have a plan lined up.  What will you do if your boss asks you to stay or gives you a counter-offer?  What will happen if the company decides not to have you work out your notice?  It is important to think of these things ahead of time so you can react accordingly.  You don’t want these scenarios to catch you off-guard, and for you to end up in a situation you’re not comfortable with.

With that being said, I’m not telling you to run out and quit your job right now.  As I mentioned, leaving a position is a huge decision and one that you must thoroughly evaluate.  If you are in the process of wanting to quit or have another opportunity lined up, use these breakup tips to help you avoid difficult situations and help keep your bridges intact.

Kiley Clausen, Celebrity Staff Recruiter
Kiley Clausen, Celebrity Staff Recruiter

Kiley Clausen
Kiley grew up in the small town of Oakland, Iowa. She attended college at the University of Iowa where she graduated in May 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in finance. After college, Kiley lived in Des Moines for a year and worked as a home mortgage consultant at Wells Fargo. She moved to Omaha in June 2011 and joined Celebrity Staff, where she currently supports the Omaha team.  She enjoys being part of the staffing industry and finds that no two days are ever the same.  In her free time, Kiley enjoys spending time with her husband, Justin, and hanging out with friends and family.

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