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Starting a New Job? Leave the Old One With Dignity

Starting a new career or position is exciting. But, if you're leaving an old job for a new one, it's important to leave on good terms - no matter how bad things were. If you choose to tell-off coworkers or bad mouth your former job to your new boss, you will appear bitter and damage your chances for a good reference.

If you want to take "the high road" and leave your former employer with dignity follow these rules, according to published reports:

  1. Restrain yourself. Avoid "going there" with old coworkers you disliked by telling them off - even if they deserve it. Besides, you might run into this person at another job one day.
  2. Don't damage company property or steal anything - even the stapler. Vandalism is not acceptable in any situation. What's more, if you damage company property you could end up in jail. Stealing can land you in the same situation. Just take what you came in with your dignity.
  3. Don't forget to ask for a reference. This might seem like an odd request, especially if you were fired. But, you do have to list your last job on your resume so it's best to show good manners, and ask for a reference.
  4. Don't bad mouth your former employer to your replacement. There is nothing to gain from badmouthing your former employer to your replacement. This will make you look cruel at best.
  5. Don't badmouth your old employer to your new employer. When you get to your new job, don't start badmouthing your employer. Just remember the old adage, "If you can't say anything nice, don't say anything at all."

The urge to vent your frustrations or bad experiences to new coworkers is tempting, but not a good business practice. If you maintain discretion, your coworkers will admire your ability to be professional in all situations.

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