Ask Vicki: How do I tell my boss I want to quit—without burning bridges?
In this answer on Quora, Monster career expert Vicki Salemi tells you what steps to take to make your exit gracefully and professionally.
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Q. How do I tell my boss I want to quit? I have been working there for a year and a half, but I got a better offer elsewhere. I don’t want to burn bridges.
A. Keep it simple. Tell your boss you found a new opportunity, you’re grateful for having the chance to have worked for him or her, but your last day will be X (provide the end date). Remember to draft a formal resignation letter. You won’t burn bridges by expressing your gratitude.
Fact is, your boss really can’t blame you for leaving; it’s a simple matter of having found a better offer. Your boss may try to counteroffer to keep you from leaving, but the question is this: Why weren’t you paid equitably when you were there? If they’re only going to pay you appropriately upon departure in order to keep you, well, that’s odd. As a former corporate recruiter, I can tell you that whenever my candidates stayed with their original employer due to a counter-offer, they always ended up looking to leave within 12 months.
Also, on the way out, write a handwritten thank-you note to your boss. Leave a lasting positive impression. Bosses can’t expect you to stay with them forever, but how you handle yourself on the way out is an excellent reflection of your character. And, who knows, your paths may cross again and someday he or she may be your boss again someday and recruit you to work for them!
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