How to Quit Your Job | The Steven Slater or the Captain Sully Way | You Choose

Do you know how to pull a “Slater”? This past week Steve Slater left his job, in fact, he flew the coop. He has become the modern example of “take this job and shove it” He was the former JetBlue flight attendant who told his employer & his passengers where to go, (and I don’t mean which gate!) This raises a question, how do you quit and, when is the right time to quit? This week’s podcast is from our Canadian Career Development Webinar with Karen Burns author of The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use! Karen has had 59 jobs and quit 58 times (she was only fired once) she is an expert in knowing how and when to quit.

There are different ways to leave a job, want to know how to pull a Slater?

1. Make it fun; Grab two beers from (ideally from the work fridge).

2. Be honest; Tell as many people as you can, how you really feel.

3. Make it memorable; Leave the office as quickly and dramatically, as possible.

Ok, in all seriousness, you probably don’t want to pull a “Slater”. I do think people relate to his frustration and his courage. He has had his 15 minutes of fame & will probably have an appearance on Good Morning America, a book deal, and even his own iPhone application. That said, I would rather pull a “Sully”. Remember Capt. Chesley Sullenberger II!, the pilot that landed his plane on the Hudson river, and then shortly after, left his job with U.S. Airways.

Karen shared in my interview with her “knowing when to quit and how to quit, are fundamental skills in managing your career.” I agree, you can ether pull as “Slater” or a “Sully”. Both men will move on to newer pastures, but lets face it, Steven will have to open more doors (pun intended) & Captain Sully will have a lot of doors open for him.

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Continue the conversation on my blog. Share a story about how you quit your job.

This week’s CareerPoll : Why was the way Steven Slater quit his job such a big news story?

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