5 tips to make sure you do it with class

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Gone are the days when people accepted jobs right out of high school or college, and remained with the company for 30 years in order to receive their prized retirement watch. Today’s generation is the exact opposite, with many holding an average of 11.3 jobs from the ages of 18 to 46 (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics). There is a high probability that many of you WILL leave your place of employment multiple times throughout your career.

This article isn’t designed to convince you whether or not to stay, but if WHEN you decide to leave…please do it with class. Having worked in corporate America for 16+ years, I watched far too many people leave an employer while also burning a bridge they will have trouble rebuilding in the future. No matter your reason(s) for leaving, the ultimate responsibility is up to you to do it with class. Your co-workers may have been talking about you. Your boss might not have liked you. You may have been underpaid according to your own personal valuation. There are many reasons you can list for rationalizing a decision to leave an employer on bad terms. However, I’m here to help you to break-up with your employer while keeping the bridge intact for the future.

Here are 5 tips to ensure you do it with class:

1. Know your “why.” Be able to clearly articulate with yourself, and then your supervisor, why you have made the decision to move in a different direction professionally. Knowing your why allows you to truly assess if your rationale is more emotional than professional or strategic. Knowing your why may also help you understand what to look for in your next professional opportunity.

2. Plan properly. If you want to exit a job with class, then plan properly. Your emotions may try to convince you to leave immediately; however, try to at least give the traditional two weeks notice so your employer has an opportunity to hire a replacement. If you have a highly specialized position, you may offer to remain for greater than two weeks so you can properly transition your duties. Proper planning also involves performing an analysis of your finances, health insurance and outlining your next steps.

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