How To Resign Without Burning Bridges

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Ah, something we’d all love to know how to do, right? PR pro Jessica Lawlor shares her six tips at Brazen Careerist.

Among them: Tell as many people as you can in person. Start with your immediate supervisor, and make sure you have a copy of your resignation letter in hand (it doesn’t need to be fancy, but you should have one). Make sure you have a “how to be me” document that lists all the projects you’re working on, passwords your replacement might need, contact people, etc.

And of course, after you leave, stay in touch! This is harder than it may seem because some people who seem like great friends are really just “work friends” who it turns out, you don’t have all that much in common with except work. But do, as Lawlor suggests, ask for a recommendation on Linkedin while they still remember you, and do try to send the people you liked a note every now and then to say hello.

Good luck!