How to Leave Your Job, Part 1

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By: Ashleigh K. Copeland

Fall brings change and there’s no change quite like a change of surroundings. The leaves transition from green to red and yellow. Before you know it, the branches are exposed and what was once a great collage of colors, is brown and grey.

Before you know it there is snow on the ground, and the months you spent deciding what you want to do with your life pass you by. I have been in this situation, as I’m sure many of you reading this may understand too.

Having been with a company for seven years, (which brought me many highs and just as many lows), I struggled with how to exit. I searched and applied for jobs, went on interviews for jobs I was not qualified for, and even interviewed for jobs I didn’t I want. I convinced myself eventually my dream job would one day just appear.

Little did I know that the perfect opportunity for me (though not my dream job), would be right in my backyard. About a month after leaving my long-time company, I sit in my new job feeling like a weight is lifted. I’m able to have a healthy work-life balance, my time spent at work is enjoyable, and the cherry on top is my financial gain is more lucrative.

While my situation may be unique in how I got the job I have now, (more on that in another post), I have many people ask me how I left.

Everyone wants the juicy details about who said what, what I did, how they reacted, etc. Through my experiences with my previous company, I have definitely learned some of the do’s and don’ts of how to exit.

In the coming weeks, I’ll be sharing my experiences about post-grad life, and highs/lows of being in the workforce as a 20-something.  Check out How to Leave Your Job part two for some of my tips on how to quit professionally.

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