Modern Etiquette: Proper Protocol When Leaving a Job

(Reuters) - According to a fall 2014 report from the U.S. Department of Labor, more American workers are on the move than ever before.

The report states that 2.8 million people quit their jobs last September -- the highest number since April of 2008. In addition, another 1.6 million workers left their jobs due to layoffs and terminations. That means nearly 4.5 million workers were faced with a very important question -- what is the best way to leave a job?

Whether you’re terminated, downsized or leave on your own accord, there are many ways to ensure a graceful exit and to employ proper protocol when leaving your present position.

Regardless of the circumstances, these measures will not only keep your reputation intact but they can also help you chart a polished and professional exit strategy.

Be honest about why you are leaving. If you need a change, a more positive work environment, an increase in salary or you simply need a new career challenge, be honest about why you are leaving. If your company gives exit interviews, you can also offer feedback on ways to enhance working conditions.

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