Whether you’ve hit the infamous glass ceiling, received a great offer elsewhere, or are just ready for something different, the time to prepare for a job change is when you tell your lunch buddies. Nothing travels faster than news of a soon-to-be-departed employee, and usually the last person you want to hear the news–your boss–will be the first.
Your first step is to make sure you’re confident in your decision. By preparing your thoughts–and your workload–before the news reaches the water cooler, you’ll improve your chances of preserving good relationships with your boss and co-workers.
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Making a Graceful Exit
Leaving a job is a lot like breaking up. No matter how obvious the need to separate, it can be awkward, emotional, and even hostile. To avoid an unpleasant scene, think things through first.