Change jobs without burning bridges

Metro Service
No one knows what the future brings, and it’s best to leave a job on solid terms. With this in mind, here’s how a person can change jobs successfully.

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Many people list advancing their careers among their goals. For some, that might require getting a new job.
People look for new jobs for a variety of different reasons. One of the primary motivators to look for a new job is to earn more money. Others are interested in trying a new field.
The employment recruiting and networking resource The Balance: Careers indicates that the average person now changes jobs 10 to 15 times in their professional lives. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that most people now spend 4.2 years in a current job, which is down from 4.6 years in 2014.
Although some people may be tempted to leave a job with a bang, they should exit with class and professionalism. No one knows what the future brings, and it’s best to leave a job on solid terms. With this in mind, here’s how a person can change jobs successfully.

Draft a letter of resignation. Clearly communicate your decision to leave the organization. Follow the proper chain of command and show respect by addressing the person to whom you directly report. Clearly communicate your intent and future plans, highlighting when changes are expected to take place.

Choose the right time. Timing is everything, and some times are better for leaving a job than others. Project Management, a consultant group, says to wait until important projects are finished, rather than bailing out in the middle of crucial work.

Keep an open mind. Some employers may be blindsided by an employee’s desire to leave, particularly in cases when said employee never communicated with a supervisor about the desire for more responsibility or to discuss something that may not be working. A boss who respects your work and values you as an asset may make a counter-offer. Hear him or her out and weigh your options.

Give plenty of notice. While two weeks’ notice is the norm, leaving more time for an employer to find your replacement, and helping to train this individual, is a sure sign of respect for your current employer.

Changing jobs can be stressful and awkward, but it can be done in a way to ensure good relations with an existing employer for years to come.

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