Whether you've hit the infamous glass ceiling, received a
great offer elsewhere, or are just ready for something different,
the time to prepare for a job change is before you
tell your lunch buddies. Nothing travels faster than news
of a soon-to-be-departed employee, and usually the last person
you want to hear the news--your boss--will be the first.
Your first step is to make sure you're confident in your decision.
By preparing your thoughts--and your workload--before the
news reaches the water cooler, you'll improve your chances
of preserving good relationships with your boss and co-workers.
If you're reading this section, you're reached the point of
considering moving on to something different. But how do you
know it's time? Take our interactive
Leaving a job is a lot like breaking up. No matter how obvious
the need to separate, it can be awkward, emotional, and even
hostile. To avoid an unpleasant scene, think things through