Job on Good Terms

When it’s time to move on from a job, you usually know. Sometimes quitting is the result of a toxic work environment, in other instances it’s for career advancement. Regardless of the motivation to exit your current job, it doesn’t have to be a negative experience.

“Be direct and honest about your unhappiness, but stay away from criticism,” Amy Klimek, vice president of human resources at ZipRecruiter told Business News Daily. “This change is ultimately about you, not them. Remain positive and move on.”

The way you leave a job is your decision alone, but it’s important to be smart about it and leave on a positive note. Business News Daily has created an infographic to help you quit your job in a way that won’t burn any bridges.

Timing is everything

It may be tough to decide when it’s the right time to approach your boss or manager about your raise, but timing truly makes a difference.

“If your company has a regular performance review schedule, try to have a conversation about your compensation a couple months in advance so that your boss has time to make a case and advocate for budget ahead of that process,” Lydia Frank, editorial and marketing director for PayScale, wrote in a blog post. “If you wait for the performance-review process, often the decisions about salary increases have already been made by the management team.”

Think about timing in terms of your company’s overall performance as well, said Brian McClusky, human resources director at InkHouse.

“If your firm had just had an unprofitable quarter, lost a major client, etc., the timing may not be right to request a raise, regardless of how strong your individual performance is,” McClusky said.

Determine your worth

Characterizing your worth is a combination of the work you’ve done and the national average for your position. Take stock of what you’ve done and research how much people in the same field are making before you present the numbers to your boss during your conversation.

“Be realistic when reviewing the data, considering experience, location, education, etc.,” said Paul Wolfe, senior vice president of human resources atIndeed. “Once you’ve determined a comfortable range, develop a plan to broach the subject with your manager.”

“Being able to take inventory of your work demonstrates self-awareness and the readiness to have serious conversations about your career,” Ragini Parmar, vice president of talent operations at Credit Karma, said in another Business News Daily article. “For example, if you’re looking for a raise or promotion, it’s important to do your homework. You’ll always be more effective if you’re able to have a real data-driven conversation with your manager.”

According to Hannah Morgan, the career expert behind Career Sherpa, a great way to keep your current boss up to date is by sending him or her a weekly or monthly email update. State what you accomplished in objective, measurable terms. And always try to tie your achievements back to organizational goals or how those accomplishments benefit the bottom line, she said in a Career Sherpa blog post.