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Don’t Burn Those Bridges

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A guest blog by Little Joey

Earlier today, I was blessed to be able to board again on Magic 89.9 where I really spent most of my radio career in. 8 years from 2000 – 2008. And even though I ‘retired’ back in ’08 and worked for 99.5 PlayFM (although it IS a sister station), and recently moved on in my career with another totally different company, my relationship with my old ‘workmates’ is still strong. There’s a bond there that’s hard to explain. So when my bros CJ the DJ and the main man of Magic Mr James Bang asked me to board for Friday Madness due to the lack of DJs who are on official business in Boracay and other places, I jumped on the opportunity!

So for you guys who are thinking of quitting or moving on from your present job, here are some tips on how to not burn bridges:

1. Don’t make hasty decisions that you may regret later on.

Whether it be you think you’re underpaid, overloaded with work or maybe just a boss you don’t like. Whatever the situation, don’t decide to leave without first thinking things through. Sleep on it. Ask advice from people that have more experience than you or people you would consider mentors. Many people make decisions based on pure emotion and more often than not, find themselves either wanting to go back or in a job that’s just as bad or even worse!

2. Keep the respect.

If you do decide to leave, make sure you do it properly and not just all of a sudden not show up to work one day. Most companies require that you tender your resignation 30 days prior to when you plan to leave. This allows the company to make the proper adjustments like finding a replacement and proper turnover of documents/files/contacts. Also, just coz you’re on your way out the door, that does NOT give you the excuse to disrespect that co-worker or boss that’s been on your nerves the past 6 months or even slack off on your daily tasks. Work excellently (this can be an entire post in the future).

3. Seek God.

What does God have to do with my work, you ask? EVERYTHING. He has blessed us with the ability to produce wealth by working. He has the BEST plan for each and every one of us (but it’s up to us whether to follow or not). He even knows us more than we know ourselves. I can’t emphasize this part enough. I admit that I’ve burned bridges in the past and I’m far from perfect. But one of the best things about having a personal relationship with God is that He can not only mend bridges, He can actually make new ones!

So there. Keep these things in mind and keep those bridges open.

Galatians 5:13-15 ESV

For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

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