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How to quit your job without burning bridges

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How to quit your job without burning bridges
Most of us have mastered the fine art of giving a good first impression, but just as important are the final ones – especially when it comes to leaving a job. Recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the average worker leaves a job every 4.6 years.

So how do quit your job without burning bridges? Firstly – timing is everything. Don’t leave in the middle of a major project. Check your contract to see what your minimum notice period is, but also think about what work will need to be tied up before you leave. Working enough notice to ease the hand-over process will do wonders for your reputation.

Telling your boss first is a must – you don’t want them to hear that you’re leaving on the grapevine. Arrange a meeting to tell them in person that you’re planning to leave. Discuss which projects you would wrap up before leaving and thank them for your time at the company. Then it’s time to email your resignation letter . Keep it polite and concise – avoid any lengthy or emotive explanations for why you’re leaving.

Then it’s time to work harder than ever to get all those loose ends tied up. Be sure to meet regularly with your boss through your notice period to brief them on the status of the projects you’ve agreed to wrap up. It may also be a good time to ask for a letter of recommendation .

So, if you’re thinking about moving on from your current job, check out the infographic below which shares tips to make sure you leave on a high note. Keep your professional reputation intact and take on your new role confident that your old co-workers will have nothing but positive thoughts about you. 

How to quit your job without burning bridges
How to quit your job without burning bridges

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Bureau of Labor Statistics. (2016). Employee Tenure Summary. bls.gov

Whitmell, C. (2014). Resigning in style: how to tell your employer. theguardian.com

Westland, J. (2018). How to Quit Your Job Without Burning Bridges. projectmanager.com

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