Take This Job and … Don’t Say that!

Career DevelopmentOK! I am giving you thirty (30) days’ notice how to handle the notification of your intent to change jobs. So, in all sincerity, we are not going to suggest that anyone ever tell their organization to “Take this Job and Shove It!

On October 28, 2015, I published an article entitled, My Boss Caught Me … job hunting! This article contained some suggestions how to handle your situation if your boss discovered that you were looking for another position.

This article explores some additional issues surrounding a potential job change.
Aaron Guerrero published an article on U.S. News. Com entitled, How to Quit Your Job like a Class Act. Five (5) of his suggestions resonated with me, however you can read the original article here.

1. Notify your boss in person – The type of organization you work for and position you hold may dictate a different approach to how you break the news. Sue Fox, author of Business Etiquette for Dummies, says,” It’s best to schedule a meeting and let your boss know in person. It makes a better impression, shows respect, self-confidence and that you have strong interpersonal skills.”

2. Avoid emotional outbursts – Launching into a tirade against your boss may provide some momentary bliss, but it can haunt you later. Their endorsement may be critical in helping you land future jobs. Also, it’s possible you could work for him or her again in the future.

3. Don’t leave your employer in a bind – You may be eager to start your new job, but if a company project is in the final stages and your boss needs your expertise, you should consider staying longer. Advise your prospective employer know you may need more time before starting. Be upfront about your timeline early in the interview process, because many companies have the expectation that new hires only need to give two weeks’ notice before departing.

4. Finish strong – It’s important to leave a good impression behind with all co-workers so they can be positive references. Employers may double check for additional references on social media to find unlisted references. Poor performance during the final weeks will leave negative impressions.

5. Show gratitude – Sue Fox says, “Even though you may have worked well with everyone, one or two individuals were likely instrumental in helping you achieve success. Verbally thank them or write a personal note describing how the working relationship positively benefited you.” Consider writing as positive a note as possible to your boss even if the relationship was strained. There is no need to exaggerate, just be as positive as possible.

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James E. McClain is the author of Successful Career Development: A Game Plan, the book upon which some of our training programs are based. He has over 30 years' experience as a corporate HR executive, small business owner with ongoing experience in career development and as a college instructor. His educational background includes a B.S. and Masters degrees Education and Certification in Financial Planning. Our promise is that "you can pay more for training but you can not buy better training." The mission is to deliver the most effective and cost effective training and development programs.

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