Often times it's best to just say you're leaving because you've been offered an opportunity that you simply couldn't pass up. Bad-mouthing bosses or company policies can lead to missed opportunities down the road. "You need to be careful not to come across as negative. Even if the company was terrible, your boss was a jerk and all the projects you were a part of failed miserably, you still want to portray yourself as someone that learned a lot from those challenges," says Van Vreede. Stay positive and upbeat.
This is also the time when you can ask questions regarding health care benefits, 401K transfers and any other questions that come up. If you're not sure whether you're company does exit interviews, then schedule a meeting with you HR people to discuss these matters after you've delivered the news.
Maintain Your Reputation and Career
Leaving your job with poise and etiquette can open up opportunities for you in the future. If you remove emotion from the equation, are objective and honest with yourself, then you are on the path to a successful transition.
Rich Hein is a senior writer for CIO.com. He covers IT careers. Follow everything from CIO.com on Twitter @CIOonline, on Facebook, and on Google +.
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