First off, the saying “we live in such a small world” is indeed very accurate, and even more true in the business world. The business community is very tightly knitted, you’re usually no more than 3 contacts away from another professional in any city.
So why are we talking about this?
Given how closely connected the business community is, young professionals, especially entrepreneurs, can’t afford to burn bridges along the way. Of course, anyone who has been in business long enough has had their share of crappy jobs along the way.
However, it is one thing to accept a job position and decide quickly to leave, but it’s another entirely to leave without notice, angrily and unprofessionally. Not only does this traumatically impact the existing team, but it also impacts the customers.
When a company decides to hire you over all of the other applicants it is very clear that they are making an investment in your skillset and your professionalism. They are trusting that you will be an asset to the company and well worth the cost of training and development.
Recently we had a new employee join the team and decide barely 3 months into the job to part ways without any prior warning or notice. Not only did this leave a path of destruction for the team internally, but left a permanent stain on the resume and professional reputation of this individual within the business community, many of which will not do any business with anyone whose name is attached to this individual.
So to close the loop on why i’m sharing this with you, it’s a simple. If you don’t respect your peers, your company and/or yourself, you could find yourself in the dog house very quickly.
ALWAYS STAY PROFESSIONAL.
- Do what you say you’re going to do
- Always give your company a formal notice before leaving
- Give it your best shot, no 80% efforts allowed