It would be hard to find a person who hasn’t had the urge to say “take this job and ___ it” at some point in their career. Most of us are able to resist and resign appropriately. There are some some pretty infamous examples of those who couldn’t.
Remember the flight attendant who jumped out of the plane on the emergency chute? Not only did he lose his job, but ended up with criminal charges and a big fine. While most of us don’t go out so dramatically, many make fatal mistakes when leaving the job.
Here are four ways to ensure you’ll never get hired back let alone a good reference.
Don’t Give Notice
I’ve seen a lot of different techniques to quit without giving the company warning. The methodology ranges from not returning from lunch to yelling “I quit” in a shouting match with the manager.
Alternative: It’s important to honor any contractual notice requirements, but if there aren’t any give at least two weeks notice. Stranding your boss without time to prepare for your exit is unprofessional.
Don’t Blame Co-Workers
Going after those left behind is not going to win you any friends. I knew an employee who blamed others for her performance which led to being let go. She was out of sight of Human Resources long enough to hit the mail room and leave mean notes.
Alternative: If you really are leaving because of the other employees, take the high road and just be glad you’re not having to work with them anymore.
Don’t Bad Mouth the Company
At gatherings with current employees of the company be discreet. Anything you say about your former (or soon to be) employer will get back to management.
It isn’t a good practice to badmouth past or current employers during interviews. The prospective employer wonders if you’re a bad risk and may not want to take it. Don’t raise that red flag!
Alternative: Accentuate the positive; you’re leaving for more opportunity and growth.
Don’t Send Negative Parting Emails
Some people have a hard time resisting a chance to get the last word in. If your employer hasn’t cut your email off before you leave, do not send a parting email with more than thanks and good wishes. You’ll be glad in the long run you did!
Have you ever left a job badly or know someone who did? How did that go?