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Burning Bridges in Your Career

Recently, I ran across an article that talked about a subject I have learned to be truer than I have ever thought before. That topic is not to burn bridges with other employees and employers.

I had always been told to leave on good terms with all employees & employers because it will come back to haunt me if I didn’t. When I heard someone say that I used to think “Come on that doesn’t happen very often- the world is HUGE.” As I have recently begun my career, I found this to be shockingly untrue. When you hear people say the world is a small place, you better believe it.

I began working as an intern here at Express in October of 2012. Since then, I have encountered two people that know my boss personally and have regular contact with him. I thought to myself, “Good thing those people like me!” Could you imagine if those people had bad encounters or experiences with me? They could have easily gone to my boss and shared that information, which could have harmed my reputation or even gotten me terminated.

You might think… well if it had been a bad experience, it’s only one employer and no harm done. Truth be told, bad encounters and references spread like wild fire. And like I said earlier, the world is a small place.

So what does this all mean?

Basically, it comes down to two old sayings I’m sure you have all heard more than once. “Treat others like you would want to be treated” and “If you do not have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.”

You never know when you will encounter an old co-worker or boss at another job you are really hoping to get. Almost 100% of the time, if you apply for a job and someone who knows you works within the same company, the hiring manager will go to that person for a reference. If you decided to tell that person what you “really thought” of them before you left that workplace, chances are you won’t be offered that position.

The best advice that I found I can offer to anyone is: no matter who it is and what you really think about that them, you should ALWAYS keep a smile on your face, shake his/her hand, and say “It was a pleasure working with you!”

 

The article I am referencing to is “You shouldn’t burn those bridges, and always leave in good terms”  From Recruiter Files. To read this article, click on here! This article was written by Alexis Mellady, Recruiting and Marketing Assistant, at Express Employment Professionals in Greenwood, IN.