September 9, 2014
3 ways to Get Ahead Without Burning Bridges
If the statistics are right, and in this case, they are overwhelming, you will not end your career where you began it. By some measures, the average Millennial will have around 14 different jobs between college and their mid-thirties. Why? Well, there are a lot of different reasons, but that’s a topic for another article. In this article, you’ll discover some ways to move on without burning bridges behind you. Because if there’s one universal truth in business, it’s this: “Who you know, and what they think of you, matters.”
But what happens when it’s time to move on? When there is more opportunity for you somewhere else, but you still appreciate and value the people where you are currently working? How can you move on without setting fire to the bridge you crossed to get you to that place?
Here are 3 proven ways to answer that question:
If you are planning a change, it is almost always better to know well ahead of time. If you are not “one of those people” who plans six months to a year out, you need to change. You will never succeed long-term in business until you can project where you will be in a year and work backwards. So set a date and get those plans in motion.
Offer notice, even when you don’t “need to”
That’s not to say you should tell your bosses immediately once you have a date set. That could easily backfire on you. However, if you know six months out, don’t wait until the week you are leaving to let someone know. Give them 3 to 6 weeks notice in order to get the right person in to replace you. Offering to help train your replacement will also bode well for your future relationship with those leaders.
Don’t let vision cloud your vision
If you are like every other entrepreneur on the planet, then you have big dreams that cannot be contained in your current position. Fine. But understand, you are at work to be at work. Work on your master plan on your own time. Focus on one job at a time. Take the time to build your enterprise correctly, so, when you do tell your bosses you are leaving, you won’t be back in six months, hat in hand, begging to get your job back.
Now, I have to say, these methods are not foolproof. If either you or your employer chooses to behave foolishly through the separation process, you might end up sparking a blaze without intent. That being said, these procedures can help protect you and prevent that possibility.