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Arianne Cohen: How to quit your job flawlessly

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Who else should I tell?

“Personally tell as many people as possible within the organization that you have worked with or had a friendship with, and make sure they don’t first hear it at a staff meeting,” Ellen says. People rise, fall, come and go in unexpected ways. Anyone at the employer you’re leaving could wind up being crucial to your career later. Treat them all like future bosses.

I love my job/boss/organization. Is there anything I can do to make it easier on them?

Yes. Klotz calls this a “grateful goodbye.” “Ask yourself, ‘How can I most minimize disruption?’” You could offer to train your replacement, or give extra notice.

My company wants an exit interview. What do I say in it?


Very little. Klotz suggests going with, “It’s me, not you. This place that I’m leaving is wonderful, but there’s this other opportunity that I need to do.” The exception is if you need to report a toxic or abusive situation. “You are potentially burning your bridge with that person, but sometimes you need to do that just to be a decent human being, and to protect the people you used to work with,” Klotz says.

How will the organization ever improve if I don’t articulate every policy and person who needs to change?

You’re funny. If the company really wants to know why you left, they’ll interview coworkers or your friends, who will bluntly explain. Your goal here is a smooth exit, not a bonfire. Zero words of complaint need to exit your lips.

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