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How to Move to a New Job Without Burning Bridges

You landed the new job! Congratulations! Does that mean you need to quit your current job? There’s a right way and wrong way to do it. No matter how thrilled you may be to leave your old job behind, be professional and respectful when you plan your exit. Leave on good terms and you’ll also leave your good reputation intact. After all, you may want former coworkers and bosses to provide future recommendations.

Here’s how you can move to a new job without burning bridges from the old one:

Tell Your Boss About Your New Job First

Tell your boss your decision to quit before your co-workers. It shows respect and ensures that they get the full and accurate accounting of why you’re leaving. No rumors, no disgruntled employees coming up with their own version of your story. The news should come straight from you and in a way that starts with thank you. Let your boss know you appreciated your time with the organization and you’re leaving for a better opportunity.

Give Adequate Notice to Your Old Employer

No matter how eager you might be to leave your old job and never look back, resist the urge to walk out right away. At most businesses, it’s typical to give at least two weeks’ notice before your last day on the job. This helps your company prepare for your departure. They can look for your replacement and make sure that any projects you were working on get finished or handed off in an organized way. You may even be asked to help train the person who will take over for you so that the company can smoothly transition after you’re gone.

Continue to Work Hard at Your Old Job

As long as you’re on the clock and getting paid, you should continue to work hard and be reliable. It shows good character and professionalism to put in the effort until the end. Your almost-former co-workers will appreciate it too.

Avoid Trash Talk About Your Old Workplace

A good way to burn bridges is to talk poorly about former bosses, employers, or co-workers. Don’t speak negatively about your old situation to anyone at your current or new company. You never know who knows whom. Especially if your new job is in the same industry as your old one, there is a good chance that people in your network will know each other. Don’t risk earning the reputation of someone who badmouths others. You also don’t want word getting back to your old boss if you ever hope for them to be a good reference in the future.

Show Gratitude to Your Old Coworkers

There is almost always something you can learn from a work experience. Find the good in your current job. Maybe you liked your regular customers, learned new skills, bonded with co-workers, or found a mentor in a boss. Focus on those good things. You may even want to leave a small gift or thoughtful card for the people who had the biggest impact.


Are you looking for a career move? Charter College offers certification and degree completion programs in Business, Health Care, Information Technology, Veterinary Assistant, and some Trades. And we have an excellent Career Services team ready to help you turn from student to employee in your new career. Request info to get started on your new path today.