Liz Wahl, a US-based anchor for the Russia Today television network has been making waves by resigning live on air in protest at the deployment of Russia-backed forces in Ukraine.
Ms Wahl may have given careful consideration to her actions. She may even have a plan of action up her sleeve but going out in a blaze of glory is a high risk strategy. Here are 3 tips to consider when you want to leave your job.
- Always have your next move lined up. Your next move may be another job. It may be to go travelling or have a sabbatical. Whatever it is, have a plan as employers are very good at sniffing out untruths in the interview process. Nobody objects to a career break but employers do not like the impulsive or the flaky.
- Don’t burn your bridges. Ms Wahl may feel incredibly strongly about the political situation in Ukraine but she has made sure that she is not welcome there for a while. As you leave a company, maintain a dignified reserve as to why you are going. Don’t trash your colleagues in your exit interview or tell your Boss what you think of them. People move on all the time. You may find your Boss gets headhunted to supervise you in your new role. Awkward.
- Don’t showboat. Big, grand-standing gestures of resignation usually backfire. Remember Jerry Maguire? Ms Wahl has made it very difficult for employers to trust her to hold a position as a news anchor. Use your resignation as a spring board for greater things in your career, rather than shoot yourself in the foot.