What is the best way to tell my boss that I will be leaving the company to join a competitive firm?

Employees leave firms for a variety of reasons.

Employees leave firms for a variety of reasons. Maybe they need a new experience. Perhaps they feel the only way to be removed from a client is to move to a different firm. It could also be money or their relationship with their manager.

I always urge individuals to leave on a positive note. If you leave to go to another firm, your employers may feel slighted because if you had spoken with them earlier, they may have tried to make adjustments to keep you from leaving.

Although PR is a large industry, everyone runs into one another at some point. It's important not to burn bridges. You never know who may end up working with you or even be a potential client.

To exit a firm gracefully, let your employer know that you've learned a lot and had an interesting experience, but you needed to try something new - whether it's new client work or more of a leadership role.

It's important to speak with someone if there was an issue that pushed you to a decision to leave. The most honest time of an employee's life is when he or she is leaving. You can help others who might be encountering the same issue by talking about it to HR or management. Speaking about issues in a constructive way is the best track to take when leaving any job.

Michele Chase is MD of US HR at Burson-Marstellar.

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