A year ago, quitting your job was unthinkable. One, there were no other jobs available. Two, you were already unemployed.
Okay, maybe you were and maybe you weren’t. But even though too many people are still looking for work, last month the U.S. added 151,000 new jobs — and there have also been other signs that, slowly but surely, the economy is starting to get stronger. So whether you’re ready to take the next step in your career or merely want to get the hell out of a job you hate, you may soon find yourself with the opportunity to quit your job.
Thing is, quitting your job the wrong way can not only burn bridges where you work, it can damage your professional reputation — especially in tight-knit industries. “When you leave a job you’re actually impacting yourself two jobs down the line,” says Andrew Rosen, founder of jobacle.com and author of How To Quit Your Job: The Ultimate Guide to Leaving a Job Gracefully ($3 @ Amazon.com). “Leaving on good terms and making an exit from a job properly is a necessary evil. You never know if or when you’ll need anyone from a former place of employment in a professional capacity again.”
Translation? Delete the email with the subject line, “I quit, suckers!” and follow these tips.