Job Search Tip of the Week #141: Don’t Burn Bridges

Good Afternoon!

I hope that you had a nice weekend!  Mine was pretty good, I spent most of it at my daughter’s school volunteering for their annual pancake breakfast.  For the record the pancakes were amazing!   This week I planned to write a tip about maintaining relationships with your old employer after you resign and then noticed a video of a young lady quitting her job posted online and that reinforced the fact that this tip is right on time.  While this young lady is clearly talented quitting this way in a traditional work environment will hurt you long-term.

Tip of the Week: Don’t Burn Bridges

I am sure you have heard the saying, “Be careful what bridge you burn because you never know when you may need to cross it again”, right?  In short don’t burn relationships because you never know when you may need them again.  So, don’t post rants, videos, or send out tweets plastering your former employers.  This is especially the case if you are leaving a company but staying in the industry.  Chances are you will come in contact with your previous employer at some point and that encounter likely will not be the best.  I personally worked for a company that after I left to go work for their competitor a couple years later the two companies merged.  If my departure was less than smooth it would have made for an unpleasant experience to say the least.

No matter how much you would like to tell your previous employer where to go and what to do once they get there when resigning please resist this urge.  Today so many companies are consolidating, merging and acquiring each other that you have to be mindful of your exit.   Make sure you always do the following when leaving a job; give a minimum of 2 weeks notice, work hard until your last day, and thank your previous employer for the opportunity.

By doing these 3 things you reduce the opportunity for friction and drama when your paths cross again.

Have a great day and an even better week!
Kwame Dow

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