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Don't Make a Scene When You Quit Your Job
A woman leaves her job quietly

A woman leaves her job quietly

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There's a right way and a wrong way to quit your job. Right Way: compose a carefully worded resignation letter. If you wish, politely explain the reason for your departure. Don't forget to ask for a reference. Wrong Way: Knock back a few beers, curse out the customers and then make a splashy exit. You can use the emergency slide, for example, if you are a flight attendant who happens to have access to one. Of course we're referring to Steven Slater, the JetBlue flight attendant who apparently had enough of his job and decided he just wasn't going to take it anymore. And for the scene he caused, he ended up under arrest and unemployed. He probably expected the latter but maybe not the former. It's unlikely he anticipated the media notoriety, in the form of Facebook fan pages and non-stop news coverage, that came his way.

If you're looking to have your name splashed across the Internet, newspapers and television, Mr. Slater's method of quitting his job may sound pretty appealing. For those of you who want to have a future career, one that doesn't involve taking a hiatus for jail time, a quieter departure is your better option.

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