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Case Studies: The Right and Wrong Ways to Exit a Job

Stan Christensen, Arbor Advisors

Leaving a job is as critical a negotiation as starting one, says Arbor Advisors partner Stan Christensen, and the last impression you make is even more critical than the first. Christensen offers two examples of employees who have left his firm: One who shared his desire to move on and arranged for a six-month transition plan, and the other who slammed down a same-day letter of resignation. He extols the first case as an example of what to do to facilitate a long-term positive relationship. He also points to the awkwardness of the second scenario, and comments on its dishonesty and the difficulties left in its wake.