4 Common Mistakes Made When Leaving a Job

Many of us will change jobs more than once over the course of our careers. Whether for more money or more opportunity, this is a common choice made by loads of people every year. Still, before you accept an offer, it’s important to consider your reasons for leaving your job, what you hope to achieve in a new role, and any hazards you may find once you quit. These are a few of the more common mistakes people make when going to a new job. 

Burning Bridges

It’s not at all uncommon for an employee to leave a company, only to find herself wanting to return a few years later. Time can add experience to a CV, and a position not previously available within the company may become an option down the road. This is why you should always handle your exit interview with respect. Ignoring the urge to be painfully honest can go a long way towards making a positive lasting impression on your coworkers, particularly when you receive questions about why you’re leaving, your thoughts on your boss, and the factors that influenced you to look elsewhere. Even if you feel justified in your criticism, the best thing you can do for your future is remain positive during your exit interview, and focus on the opportunity you’ve found elsewhere.

Not Looking at the Big Picture

When you’re excited about a new position, you don’t always consider the full ramifications of leaving your current one. While your current employer may provide a pension, your new employer might not, which should be considered the same as money leaving your pocket. When you’re considering the salary of a new job that doesn’t include these benefits, make sure that the new salary can cover those losses, or you may effectively lose money that could be going towards your future. In all cases, it’s important to consider both what you’re gaining and what you’re losing.

Coming Back

When a company loses an employee without warning, in some cases they will make a counteroffer. While this may not be best for you or for them, the alternative — replacing an employee — can be a nerve-wracking prospect, and your employer may not feel they have another option. Taking this counteroffer may be a bad idea, for a few reasons: For one, you’ve made your decision to leave, and for most of us that decision is a hard one to come back from. Further, your employer could be making a counteroffer simply to keep you on while they look for a replacement. Finally, if you do go back to your old position, you may not be considered for promotion opportunities because your loyalty has been called into question.

Factors Outside of Money

Obviously it’s not unheard of for people to change employers and end up regretting it. An example of one common frustration is when an individual takes on a job that brings a longer commute, and they have no plans to move. While the money may seem to make up for it, a job with a significant commute could add up to 10 or more hours a week in travel time. Issues like this don’t often spring to mind in a salary negotiation, but if you want your job change to be a successful one, you should make sure to consider everything.

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Jennifer Gueringer is a Social Media Associate at Enova International, Inc., and is interested in finding new and creative ways to be financially savvy. Find out more about her on Google+.


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