Don’t Burn Bridges at Your Old Job

If you’ve been notified that you’ve been hired by another company that’s offering more money, more benefits, and more responsibilities, chances are good that you’re really not thinking about your old job. However, that’s exactly what you need to be thinking about — why wouldn’t you want to think about your present?

A lot of people make critical mistakes when they are trying to change between jobs. First and foremost, they think that they can burn bridges at their old job since their new job looks so great. That might be tempting — especially if you feel like you’re not being treated well at your current job.

Yet there are a few reasons why you might not want to burn bridges too quickly. You see, you will need to make sure that you don’t burn bridges because you never know what the future will hold. That new job could easily turn into a nightmare situation where you want out — and the people at your old job might hold the keys to something a lot bigger, a lot better, and a lot brighter. Holding onto them isn’t a way to foolishly cherish the past over the future. It’s a way to protect your future from short term mistakes.

Now, this guide isn’t telling you that you should just blindly accept anything that your boss and coworkers want to dish out — you will still need to stand your ground. However, what you don’t want to do is end up boasting about the new job that you’re going to. You don’t really want to speak about money at work.

One of the things that can happen is that your employer might offer you an even bigger package to get you to stay. Sounds good, right? Well, not really. You see, if your employer realizes that the only way to make you stay loyal to them is more money, they might find other ways to hurt you — like passing you over for a promotion to a department that you really want. These days, moving laterally is better than moving to another organization.

If you really want to try to negotiate for more money, you need to make sure to do it with diplomacy in mind — that’s the real way to success, and you should keep that in mind as you really start looking at your future in greater and greater detail!