How to Leave your Job: 8 Tips for a Successful Departure

It is critical that you leave a good impression when leaving a job.  With social media today, you will encounter the people with whom you’ve worked again in the future– either directly or indirectly.  Here are 8 important tips to keep in mind when you are preparing to leave your current job.

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LinkedIn Maps to Visualize Your Network

LinkedIn Maps is a tool for visualizing your professional network.  It takes only a few minutes and reveals clusters, gaps and connectors in your network.  Here is mine:

Yahoo CEO “Resume Malfunction”

By now, the news regarding Yahoo (YHOO, Fortune 500) CEO’s, Scott Thompson, “resume malfunction” is old news, but the lesson is omnipresent.  Padding a resume is wrong and it is just not worth it. . . ever.

What struck me the most about Thompson’s response in this CNNMoney’s article was that he was sorry for the effects of his lie, but not the lie itself.  Everyone involved will take a hit here including Thompson, Yahoo employees and it shareholders and the Board of Directors.  What will be the long-term leadership implications for Yahoo?  Only time will tell.

Read Kara Swisher’s All Things D post about Patti Hart, the Yahoo director in charge of the search that resulted in the hiring of Scott Thompson as its CEO.

The Power of LinkedIn

LinkedIn is one of the most popular and powerful social media websites of our time.  I would argue that it is one of the most powerful business tools ever invented.  I say this because I believe that people with whom you interact are the single most important factor in your career.

Let me be more specific, it is the relationships you have with the people around you—your colleagues, managers, customers and clients– that determine your professional success.  And LinkedIn is the most powerful tool for helping you manage and grow your professional relationships.

All social networking sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Google+, Myspace and Twitter and are Read more