The Secret to Quitting Your Job on Good Terms

Do you want to quit your job BUT you're afraid you might be burning bridges?

That's why you're reading this.

The truth is, there is a way. A way to quit your job on excellent terms with your soon to be ex-employer.

You see, it's only natural that some people are finding that the grass is greener on the other side.

In order to progress in life, changing jobs may be necessary. Whether the reason is (and probably is) increased salary, higher position, or a better work environment, changing jobs is a natural part of life.

While some employees leave jobs because they are unhappy, other employees leave because they simply need a new job that can provide certain things the current one can't (such as those listed earlier). As an employee you may have great working relationships with your co-workers but it may not be enough to stay.

Now, what if the real reason is because you are unhappy with your job--- and don't want to burn that bridge because of it?

The answer to that reminds me of the song "breaking up is hard to do."

You just have to break the bad news to your soon to be ex employer softly. Make the transition easy for them. You can suggest a replacement. You can offer any help that will smooth over the missing piece at work.

Being professional when leaving your job can make leaving much easier.

First of all, when you begin planning to leave, do not tell anyone you are planning on leaving. Regardless how close you are to your co-workers, keep your intentions to yourself. Set up new job interviews during times that do not conflict with your current job. You do not want to miss a work day for an interview. Using the company phones, e-mail or fax machine to contact your new potential employer is not appropriate (or smart). And until you have the new job, things should be business as usual on your current job. Plus, never give your notice at your current job until you are absolutely sure that you have been hired in your new job. Having to retract a two-week notice is a sure way to cause friction.

Occasionally, regardless of what you do, a few people are not going to be okay with you leaving a job. There will always be someone who thinks that getting another job is not a good idea for you. This is particularly true for co-workers or bosses who you have a relationship with. But tell them you always keep your options open and that if you don't see your new job as a fit, you'll be back (if given the choice) There is no way to please everyone. In these cases, just continue to be positive and ignore any backlash you may face.