Ten Ways to Avoid Burning Bridges When You Resign

By Dennis McCafferty
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These days, very few employees stay with the same organization for decades. Like professional athletes, workers switch teams much more frequently than prior generations did. In fact, today's y young workers go through an average of seven job changes in their 20s, according to Pew Research. With people changing jobs more frequently, it's possible that somewhere down the road you may work for a company that also employs your former managers or colleagues. So don't burn your bridges when you resign. Also, it's likely that you'll need former bosses for references. The following 10 tips can help you leave a job on good terms. They were compiled by Alexandra Levit, author of the recent book, They Don't Teach Corporate in College: A Twenty-Something's Guide to the Business World (Career Press/available now). While the book focuses on Millennials, the advice is readily transferable to workers of all ages. What's key, Levit contends, is to conduct yourself as a professional at all times, but especially in your final weeks, when you will leave a lasting impression—either good or bad. Levit has consulted with and serves as an expert speaker on workplace and leadership development topics for organizations such as Microsoft, American Express, Intuit and the Federal Reserve Bank.

This article was originally published on 2014-03-20
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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