How to politely say goodbye without burning bridges

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    I was hired after Labor Day as an auditor and I was just asked by a CPA firm to top in for an interview to talk about FT work. I'm pretty sure that in my heart I'm a public accountant, not a captive auditor.

    How do I say goodbye without burning my bridges? I don't hate the people I work with, I'm just extremely, extremely bored. I worked my tail off for my license and I simply don't feel challenged – but I think I would be in public accounting. Help!



    People get “better” offers everyday. It is not uncommon for one to end employment with a firm only to chase another, better opportunity; however, your burnt bridges will be realized if you seperate yourself in an inappropriate manner. I have found that employers deal better with seperation when we are honest and clearly explain our inward intent.

    Based on what you've wrote it sounds like your reason for moving is two-fold: (1) money isn't everything but the feeling of accomplishment and challenge is; you are considering an opportunity presented to you because you feel that it will be your next “challenge.” (2) You need to be in a role that you enjoy–if you don't like captive audit, you will only create bitterness and resentment (subliminally) within and will one day take it out on your current employerl; thus burning a bridge/

    Just be honest. I believe the outcome will be better than anticipated. They cannot hold you in error for wanting to better yourself and to take advantage of a better opportunity that was presented to you.



    I agreed with musicamor… Be honest with your employers and talk candidly . I am sure they understand ….



    Agreed. The best thing you can do is be honest. Understand that with the egos of some you will eventually have no choice but to part ways in a less than pleasant manor. Be prepared for that but do your best to give plenty of notice, thank them for the opportunity and do whatever you can to make the transition as smooth as possible. Realize that if you do everything you can to part on a good note, you have done everything you can do and whatever happens happens. I am a huge fan of chasing what makes you happy, especially early on in your career because employers (to an extent) expect some job hopping early on. Good luck…

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