Leave Happily Ever After
Resign Graciously and
Beware of Counteroffers
Every exit is an entry somewhere else.—Tom Stoppard (British playwright)
THERE ARE VERY few things more intimidating than making your way into your boss’s office or a human resources office to share the news that you are moving on. It doesn’t matter whether you have the opportunity of a lifetime waiting for you once you step out the door or whether you’re taking this brave step in order to have the time to find your next opportunity. The fact is that you will conjure up all sorts of emotions as you prepare to make your exit out of this professional chapter once and for all. Perhaps it’s your first job out of college where you debuted and matured as a professional, or maybe you’re leaving colleagues and staff members behind who depend on your mentorship. The reasons are infinite, but in the end you must think of what is best for you (and your family if it applies), and there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that.