When all of your hard work pays off and you get a job offer, your first reaction is relief and happiness. But when it dawns on you that you have to leave your current job, you may dread what comes next.
The professional thing to do is give your current employer two weeks notice – unless there are extenuating circumstances. And if everything goes off well, there should be no hard feelings.
But what if you still feel guilty for leaving? Here are some reasons The Muse suggests why you should not feel guilty about changing jobs:
Everyone Needs to Grow
Just like you couldn’t stay in college forever – even though many of us wanted to – as an adult, it’s normal to want to grow and develop professionally. And if colleagues aren’t taking your news well, then it may mean that they’re jealous.
Most Companies Care More About the Bottom Line
If the shoe were on the other foot, and the company needed to lay off some people for financial reasons, do you think they would feel guilty? Some companies may, but most do not. Business is business and when it comes down to it, only you can make the best decisions for your career.
No One Will Be Happy If You Stay
Sure, many people may not know that you got another job offer and you turned it down out of guilt, but you will know. And you will grow to resent the company, your boss and your coworkers. Then no one is happy. Just give your two weeks; they will get over it.
If you haven’t been fortunate enough to find that perfect position yet, or after reading this you’re tempted to start looking, contact a professional staffing agency to help get you started.