10 Mistakes People Make When Quitting

Jeff Altman
6 min readSep 26

By Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter

You’ve interviewed for a while and now it’s time to give notice because you found a new position. Don’t make any of these ten mistakes.

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Hi, I’m Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter. I’m called the Big Game Hunter. . . It started to happen when I worked in recruiting. I would hunt down leaders and staff for organizations and did that for a long time. Now I provide no BS career advice to people globally. That can relate to anything ranging from a job search, to resolving workplace issues, to a lot of things in the middle. Holistically, think of your career, and I’m someone who supports people with being better at it.

Today, I’m going to talk with you about 10 mistakes people make when it comes time to quit their job. And the first one is the obvious one — burning their bridges. You don’t want to be critical of people, the organization, or your manager on the way out the door. Why? Because you never know when these were these folks are going to wind up next. And you’re hypercriticism because you’re feeling good and you’re angry, can wind up hurting you at the next organization you go to, because you’re not going to be at this firm for the next 30 years of your life. Right? So don’t burn your bridges. When asked about why you left,’I got approached about an opportunity that was really exciting to me. And I’m being paid more, but it’s really about the opportunity. No criticism about anything going around here. This is about a better opportunity elsewhere.’ That’s the simplest way to deal with it.

Number two is telling people too soon before the the offer, before your next job is completely secure. Often people don’t read offer letters carefully enough to notice that the offer is “contingent upon completion of background checks” and until that’s completed, you don’t have an offer, because the word ‘contingent’ is one of those legalese terms, basically saying we’re making you an offer provided that you do something or we do something. And without a successful background check, without a successful reference check, for example, you don’t have an offer. They may look at credit history, do drug testing, or anything that they provide or indicate your offer is contingent upon, then you have to…

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