If your boss insists that you tell him/her your reasons for leaving

  1. Keep your answers brief and positive.

  2. Explain that you enjoyed the opportunities and the growth you experienced at this job, but the new job will help you advance further on the path you want to take.

  3. Resist the temptation to be snotty and say something like, "Evil pigs told me to do it" (even if it's true).

  4. Plan your answers in advance, so anticipate some of the questions that your boss might ask. One possible question is, "Do you have any suggestions for improvement for me as a supervisor?" This is a trap! As difficult as it may be to immediately let the demons fly, resist and remain positive. If you don't have something nice to say, then just keep it short and say "No, nothing that I can think of." You may need a recommendation from this person, and chances are that you will hurt his/her feelings.

  5. Your boss may try to keep you around with an attractive counteroffer. Our advice: turn it down. In the eyes of the company, the fact that you offered a resignation makes you a disloyal employee. Should any cuts need to be made, your name will likely be at the top of the list.

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