How to leave one job for another without burning bridges?
January 16, 2014 5:06 PM Subscribe
I've been at my current job for about 1 1/2 years. I like my job for the most part (not a dream job, but as far as corporate jobs go, pretty good). Recently, a co-work left. I got a call last week and she was wondering if I'd want to go work with her at a different company. It's a small company she's with now, which means I'd be a little higher in hierarchy and she said they're looking to expand.
posted by yeahyeahyeah to Work & Money (9 answers total)
I said I was interested and she said she'd talk to them and get some more info about the position. I'd of course want better benefits than I currently have and maybe some relocation expenses covered (it's in a city about 4 hours away - which is also exciting, a new city instead of the one I've been in for high school and after -- except for college and a year abroad).
If I get an offer and take it, the main thing that I'm worried about is offending folks at my old work place. They've given me a lot of responsibilities and integrated me pretty heavily in the department I'm in. They trust me pretty well and I'm definitely not at an entry level position. I could possibly see them wanting me to move up after a few more years (nothing guaranteed, but I get hints now and again). It's a good group of folks to work with and a solid company (no takeover activity stuff, not looking to sell, downsize, etc.). But the idea of a higher position and more cash is alluring.
So, am I being short sighted if I do take the other position? And if I do take it (which, granted, it's just a possibility currently but I'd rather have thought this through well before it gets much farther along) what would be the best way to make sure my old bosses don't feel betrayed/hurt? I do value all the training and experience they've given me, but I also feel like sometimes you have to take opportunities.
Anyone with experiences of their own with this definitely welcome (especially if you were on the other side, i.e., manager at a place where someone you liked had given a lot of responsibility moved on).
Also, I'm may be entirely overthinking all of this.