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May 21 2012   1:02PM GMT

How to Make a Graceful Exit from a Job

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

I really like it when a career advice article can make me laugh out loud, yet provide some good advice as well (my favorite paragon of this kind of thing is the inimitable Jerry Weinberg, whose books, articles, and classes deliver laughs and insight together better than any other writer or source that I know of). To my astonishment and delight a recent story from Certification Magazine entitled “Thinking About a Job Change? Don’t Quit Like This!” hit this mark for me this morning, too.

It begins with a list of wacky and wild reasons for quitting jobs reported in a new survey from Office Team, a placement firm for administrative professionals. That’s where the humor comes into the story, and I don’t want to spoil the zaniest reasons they report, so I’ll simply provide two merely odd ones as a teaser to induce you to read the original:

     1. “A guy said he was making too much money and didn’t feel he was worth it.”
     2. “One employee didn’t enjoy the cafeteria food.”

The career advice comes into the story somewhat later and is more or less devoid of humor, though not at all devoid of value or insight. The basic instructions are things that anyone preparing to leave a job should follow, so I repeat them verbatim here (sans explanations: again, you can find those in the original):

     1. Give proper notice.
     2. Get things in order.
     3. Stay positive.
     4. Don’t slack off.
     5. Talk before you walk.

IT remains something of a small world, employment-wise, so you’re likely to cross paths with current colleagues at some point in the future, whether or not you change hometowns at any point along the way. Therefore, the best point I can make on the subject of leaving a job is to observe that it’s better to be remembered as a good co-worker and solid contributor rather than as some kind of flake! That way, nothing can come back to bite you later on…

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