No Bridge is Built to Be Burned

Some people treat you badly. It isn’t right. But it happens. What you have to remember is that you are not to burn bridges, especially professionally.

Many of us have had jobs we didn’t enjoy much (or even at all). There have been times we were underpaid and under-appreciated. But don’t let that dictate the way you leave the job. I remember that I hated my first call center job right out of college. I hated it so much that, with no plan of action, I quit. Hands down, the worst professional decision I ever made. First of all, I quit impulsively and without enough in savings to sustain me through the unemployment period. That was my pride. Secondly, I quit without giving two weeks notice, resulting in me not being able to reach back there for a reference.
Now, if a job is making you physically or mentally ill, I don’t recommend staying there. No

amount of money or professionalism is worth compromising your health. But sometimes, look at yourself and say, “Can I tough it out until I find something better?” And the answer, more often than not, is “Yes.”

But, that leads me to my next point: when you find something better, don’t quit impulsively. If the new job you’ve been offered wants you to start immediately, say “I don’t feel comfortable leaving without giving any notice. Is there anyway we can push the start date to a week or two from now?” The thing is, most companies want to know that you will treat organizations with respect. If it looks like you’ll drop them like a bad habit, they will be looking for signs of you to leave before you even start. But if you display restraint and show respect for a position that you’re trying to leave, they can only imagine how much more appreciative you will be in a position that better suits your skill set.

This post was a long way of saying, “Don’t just quit.” There are a couple pros (being able to watch Westerns all day in my boxers while eating chicken wings and Papa Johns to name a few) to quitting on the spot but the cons far outweigh the pros.
Make professional development a priority.


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