Quitting Your Job On Good Terms Can Pay Off
March 24, 2010
Quitting your job on good terms can definitely make a positive difference as you travel down your career path. Last weekend I heard two examples of why it pays off to leave your job in style, with your relationships intact and no bridges burned.
The first story shows how a bad break up with your boss or your company can put you at a disadvantage in your career in the future. The second person who shared thier story with me was a great example of how valuable old co-workers can be for referrals if you leave a job on good terms.
The first example is a lady that I met about 2 years ago who moved to the Midwest from California for a new job. She’s good at what she does and was working well at her new company but they had a management shake-up and she found herself at odds with her new boss. She left the company on bad terms and ruined any chances she had of getting a job there in the future.
My friend used her personal network to find another job that suited her well but just last week they had to lay-off people due to a decline in business. She still has a good network of friends and acquaintances but many of them work at the company she left on bad terms; making it hard to get referrals.
Fortunately she has a 4 month emergency fund so she should have enough time to find a job. However, if she had kept her options open at her previous job she might not have needed to burn through a chunk of her savings before finding another job.
I also heard a story where a bad career experience led to a great one thanks to a good relationship. Another friend of mine found himself in a very poor working environment, due mostly to one person in management. He had never been treated as poorly by a boss and realized he needed to get out of the situation.
The day he left his job, he called up a former boss and let them know he was on the job market. He had worked with the previous supervisor as a contractor and had a really good relationship with the team of people there.
Great news for my friend, they called him back right away and offered him a full time position. Although it had been several years since he had worked there the people in the company remembered him in a positive light. Had he not given two weeks notice and left on good terms, he probably wouldn’t have landed a new job right away.
It’s tempting to let people know what you *really* think of them when you’re leaving a company but think about the long term and how the people you’ve worked with could be potential job referals in the future.
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