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A prepared job seeker will have thought about questions that will be asked at the job interview. One of them may be: "Why are you leaving your job?" As you think about a response to this question, also consider how the interviewer may interpret that response.

It's important to take caution with how questions are answered at the job interview because when it's not framed properly, it can be interpreted negatively and cost you the job opportunity.


Imagine if you woke up today and realized you never had to work again. Sounds like a dream, right? Well, for some people, this dream comes true.

Had enough of the humdrum nine to five? Or has the boss become too much to take? Related: ‘Should I Quit My Job?’ – 11 Critical Questions To Ask Yourself There are probably a dozen reasons why you might want to leave your job. So, if you’ve decided it’s time to move on, EuroMaTech’s Matthew Crist presents a collection of crazy ways people have quit their jobs:

1. By Making A Viral Video

Writer Marina Shifrin uploaded an epic video onto YouTube with one simple message for her boss: “I quit!” Having previously worked at a video and animation firm, she was in the perfect position to make the venomous video; which sees her dancing around her office at all hours of the night while describing exactly why she needs to leave her job. The video has since become an Internet sensation with over 17 million views – becoming a huge hit with disgruntled employees everywhere.

2. By Sending Letter To The Paper

In 2012, Greg Smith quit his job at investment bank Goldman Sachs with a scathing resignation letter that he didn’t send to his boss. No, he sent it to the New York Times! Needless to say, there was no going back after such a high profile exit. Though as they say, when one door closes another one opens. His dramatic exit might just have landed him a new career - as author of a million-dollar book deal focusing on his former life at the financial giants.

3. By Doing A “Lord Lucan”

Ever wanted to just walk off into the sunset and vanish, never to be seen again by the colleagues that you hate or the boss that makes your life a misery? You could always just set your status to “Out to Lunch” and never come back, or maybe, make it a little more entertaining. Take the example set by flight attendant Steven Slater. Fed up with his job at JetBlue, he took his exit into his own hands. After landing at JFK airport, he released a curse-word-infused frenzy over the microphone, grabbed some beers, and slid down the plane’s emergency slide. Let’s just hope he didn’t have to wait for his luggage in the terminal building.

4. Though Social Media

Why have a private chat with your colleagues when you can blast off a message for your many followers to see? Well, ask Jonathan Schwartz. That’s exactly what he decided to do when he had enough of being CEO of Sun Microsystems. Undeterred by the effect it might have on his future career opportunities, Schwartz said it loud and said it proud.

5. By Putting The Icing On The Cake

“If I knew you were coming, I’d have baked a cake,” so the song goes. But how about a culinary creation to say, “I’m off”? When Chris Holmes became disillusioned with his job as a border control agent at Stansted airport, he decided to write his resignation letter in icing on a freshly baked sponge. It was the natural thing to do for someone who harbours an interest in working in the catering industry, and the fact that his online company has since gone from strength-to-strength has at least meant he wasn’t left eating his words!

6. By Instigating Your Own Downfall

You’ve not been living up to expectations, the boss knows it, you know it, everyone knows it. It’s only a matter of time before you get the dreaded call into the office to “discuss your options.” Well, one option is to not let things get this far and instigate your own downfall. Inspiration can be taken from US chat show host Conan O’Brien, who created his own resignation letter in the most original way. Spending wads of NBC’s cash during his last shows by putting mouse ears on a Bugatti Veyronn, (the most expensive car in the world) and having the band play a Beatles song, costing the network a cool half-million dollars ensured O’Brien left the company – admittedly with $45m in his back pocket.

7. By Quitting With Dignity

Groupon CEO, Andrew Mason, penned a memorable note to his employees when it was time for him to leave the daily deals giants: "People of Groupon. After four and a half intense and wonderful years as CEO of Groupon, I’ve decided that I’d like to spend more time with my family. Just kidding — I was fired today." Honesty is always the best policy when quitting a job, as you never know where your career path will lead you next, well unless you know you can get away with it of course!

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Am I Ready To Quit My Job?

Okay, so you gotta get out. I hear you. You’re practically screaming it from the rooftops. It’s time to ask yourself, "Am I ready to quit my job?" But let’s not be hasty here. Believe me, I’ve done this a few times. It’s much more effective to focus on doing it right. Here are a few of the ideas I like to review with my career coaching clients when they’re ready to give up and go home.

Run Towards, Not Away From

Don’t just focus on leaving your current gig. Quitting isn’t about running away, it’s about moving forward. It’s a path that opens opportunities so focus your attention on the future. Don’t waste time and energy pushing the job you don’t want away from you. Instead, pull the job you do want towards you.

Slow Down And Check Your Ego

Don’t get in a rush. Focus on making the right long-term career decisions. Ideally, give yourself as long as six months to make the move. Obviously, this can be difficult. Many of us get to a breaking point before we truly make the decision that "I'm going to quit my job". By that time, we’re maxed out with anxiety and frustration. Try to be proactive and make the decision before you get to that point. Once the decision is made, check your ego. When you know you’re ready to leave, it can be hard to put up with those everyday irritations. You want to just mentally and physically check out. Instead, swallow your pride and continue to do your best even with one foot out the door. Don’t disengage before it’s time. The right position may not come along for a while so keep yourself grounded. There’s no need to rush the process just because the decision to quit has been made.

You Have Nothing To Prove

Quitting is an emotional experience. Often, when we’re ready to move on, we start noticing all the ways in which others have been holding us back or treating us unfairly. Our patience goes right out the window. All too often, I see people trying to teach others “a lesson.” They think by quitting abruptly or making a dramatic exit, they’ll prove something to those who let them down. Save yourself the energy. You’ll never teach anyone anything by quitting in a huff or storming out. Don’t pour your frustrations into a manifesto Jerry McGuire style. No one cares. That’s a hard pill to swallow, but it’s the truth.

Be Honest With Yourself

When you’re searching for a new job, you’ll need to weigh your options. No position is perfect, no matter what they tell you during the interview. In every career transition, something is gained and something else is lost. Don’t fool yourself into believing that any career move will come without a shred of sacrifice. Just be honest about it. If you’re willing to give up the big bucks in exchange for a job you truly love, understand that this decision will come with a few hardships. If you want the paycheck and are willing to do a job that doesn’t ignite your passion, recognize that there will be a different price to pay. Make your decisions with eyes wide open and remember one is not better than the other; they simply have different consequences.

Be Respectful

No matter what, I always recommend you give a full two week notice. There is simply no excuse for failing to do so. It’s unprofessional and it puts an unfair burden on the employer. You won’t make any friends in business if you don’t respect the basic rules of etiquette, and this is certainly one of the most important. Offer to help train others and organize your work as best you can for an easy transition. No matter how you feel about the job or the company you’re leaving, it still provided you with a paycheck and the experience you needed to get to this next step. A two week notice is a small price to pay.

Manage Your Stress

Change of any kind is stressful. The process of transitioning out of one job and into another is one of the most stressful changes to go through, even once the job search is over. You end up in a new environment, learning new skills and meeting new people. It’s a brand new routine and, for many, it can take months to feel comfortable in a new job. Create a game plan for managing that stress and recognize even the most positive career changes can feel downright overwhelming at times. Visualize your perfect career transition. Make a plan and then execute it to the best of your ability. If you need a little more guidance and personal assistance, consider working with a career coach throughout the process. You may find it’s one of the most intelligent investments you’ve ever made in your long-term career success strategy. Now ask yourself , is it time to quit my job?

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