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Quitting? Rip The Band-Aid Off

Moving to greener professional pastures is part of adulting. Waffling, whining and hopelessly wringing your hands over your decision to quit, isn’t.

I’m not saying writing a resignation letter is easy or that you shouldn’t strongly consider your options before quitting your job and accepting a new opportunity. A career decision is a big deal. It’s a lot to think about and isn’t something to take lightly. But, once the decision is made to quit, rip the band-aid off and quit!

Don’t waffle. Don’t beg for more money or a new title. Just leave and move forward in your career.

There’s a reason you started looking for a new job, right? Guess what, that reason doesn’t disappear when you accept a counter offer. So just move forward and don’t fool yourself into thinking that you can muscle your way into a higher offer and ride off into the sunset by negotiating with your current boss. It’s a bad idea, and here’s why. You’ll lose, even if you win the counter offer battle.

Embrace The Fact That Your Career Really Only Matters To You. Your Boss Won’t Lose Sleep

So, here’s the facts, you’re replaceable. It’s true. Regardless of how awesome you are, there’s someone else coming behind you. We’re all replaceable. Sorry to break it to you if you thought you weren’t.

Sure, it’s going to suck for your boss when you quit. Picking up the slack for you will suck for the rest of the team; moral may take a hit for a few weeks when workloads increase as a result of your absence. But, it’s the way things go.

At the end of the day, replacing you will be painful, but not impossible. So, if you think walking in on Monday and hinting that you may be leaving, laying down the law with counter offer expectations or simply implying that you’ll be accepting a new role “unless”, is a solid strategic play, think again.

The truth is, your managers reaction may be a temporary “oh crap” kind of moment, but unless he or she just accepted their first management role, they’ve danced this dance before. People quit, they move forward in their career and life goes on. Managing a team through change and hiring for vacant ppsitions is simply part of the gig.

Your Boss Will Be Happy You’re Quitting

Have you considered that your boss will be happy you’re quitting? Yep, chew on that.

Think about it. If your manager is good at their job, they want you to develop, be successful and grow professionally. So why wouldn’t your boss be happy that you’ve found a step up and are progressing in your career? Again, they probably aren’t over the moon about filling your vacancy; but that doesn’t mean they aren’t happy for you.

Begging you to stay mostly likely isn’t part of their plan. After all, if they really wanted to keep you, and had a better opportunity for you, wouldn’t you already know about it? It shouldn’t take quitting to discover internal opportunities for advancement.

Make A Decision That’s Right For You And Stick To It

So here’s the news, threatening to quit, and then backing down is a terrible idea. Pushing your boss to make a counteroffer is even worse. Accepting a counter offer, well, that’s the worst idea yet. (If you care to know why, check out this post on why accepting a counteroffer is dumb, but just know it has something to do with forced negotiations turning sour.)

You’re an adult. Your career is important. The professional path you walk is yours to own. You don’t owe anything to your boss, a potential employer or anyone else on the imaginary list you’re running through your head.

If you’re unhappy, unchallenged and ready to move on in your career, do it. Don’t kick the can down the street and annoy everyone you pass; make a decision that’s best for you and your future. Don’t let guilt, fear or imagined issues derail you from professional success and happiness. If it’s time to quit, just quit and move on. Rip the band aid off and walk out the door.

If you move on to a new role, in six months, you’ll forget we ever discussed this. But, if you force the issue at your current job, accept a counter offer and stay, just know you’re committing career suicide. Once you’re labeled a flight risk, you'll fall out of the safety net of being a team player. At that point it’s hard to regain trust with Sr. leadership. So my advice is: leave or stay, but don’t threaten to go without following through.  Just make a decision and don’t look back. Rip the band-aid off! – Carter

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Carter is our resident coffee junkie and a member of our sales and marketing resume team. Having spent most of his professional career in sales management, Carter leans on his professional expertise to create unique, accomplishment based resumes that speak to the demands of hiring managers and current market trends. If you’d like to simplify your career, follow Carter and the rest of our team on Twitter and LinkedIn to get updates on careers, job search and resume best practices!

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