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5 Things To Never Do When Leaving A Job

Posted by | July 9, 2015 | Scholarships_CareerTips

By Jane Okoth

We have all been in a situation where we are done with our current employer and decide their times to leave.

It can be exciting if you are looking forward to new opportunities but it can be upsetting if you were fired or finally decided to quit. This may tempt you to do or say things you are not supposed to.

Below are 5 things to never do when you are leaving your job

1. Do Not Be Rude To Your Boss Or Co Workers
It is always polite to leave on a positive note even if the terms of your departure are bitter. Remember, never burn bridge because life is so full of twists and many a time, you will need to cross that bridge again, whether it’s that boss or that company

Just in case your employer want to know where you are going, give a brief hint on why you’re leaving; say for greener pastures or explore new challenges.
However, if the reason for leaving is negative, it is also advisable to stay brief and positive.

2. Do Not Forget To Ask For A Reference
At one point you are going to need a recommendation letter as confirmation from your previous employer that you actually worked for that company.

In any case if you are planning to pursue greener pastures, your recommendation letter will account for a significant percentage of your application so not having it may as well cost you the job.

Assuming that you are leaving on good terms, getting a recommendation letter from your previous boss would not be such a big task.

3. Do Not Badmouth Your Boss Or Co-Workers
Venting your frustrations may feel good at some point but it can be your worst regret. There’s nothing to gain from speaking badly about the people you have worked with.

Also, if you speak negatively about your former boss to a prospective employer, the only one who will look bad is you. After all, you will not be the first or last employee to have a working experience. In other words, just keep your emotions to the minimum.

If you avoid these pitfalls, you are likely to start your new job on the right foot.