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Yes! I have landed my dream job. Now, how do I tell my boss?

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Finding your dream job is the perfect reason to leave your current one – but how do you break it to your employer?

There is no feeling in the world better than getting ‘that phone call’. You are so elated at the news and excited at the thought of starting work in your perfect job that you don’t want to come back down to earth just yet. However, there is the inevitable task of telling your current boss that you are leaving. This can be especially difficult if you have a very good working relationship with them.

Lets take a look at some of the reasons why people change jobs and the best ways to break the news to your current employer:

My new job offers me better career progression

You may have realised that you are a bit stuck-in-a-rut in your current job. If there is a lack of opportunity within your current role for any career advancement, then it makes sense to look elsewhere if you are looking to get a promotion.

In this situation it pays to be honest with your current boss. You can explain exactly why you looked for another job and how this new job will help to advance your career. Your boss will most likely understand your reasons for leaving and it will help to ease any tensions between you while you work out your notice.

Sometimes a move like this can open the eyes of your current employer. It can help them realise there may be a problem with career progression within the workplace and they can take steps to avoid this happening again. In some cases discussing the lack of career opportunities within the company can result in some major restructuring. This could even lead to an offer of a promotion in an effort to tempt you to stay.

I was bored and I needed a new challenge

Monotony can easily set in at work, especially if you have been in the same position for a number of years. If there are no fresh challenges to take on at work to keep you interested, or there are no roles available that offer more variety, then this can be a common reason to seek out a new job.

Many businesses have to work in a certain way to allow them to continue to function and survive. Quite often this means certain constraints and structures exist within the company that cannot be challenged or altered. Explaining to your boss that you understand this but no longer find the work challenging should be quite straightforward. Many bosses employ staff to fit the designated role so will understand that there will be staff that are happy to stay in that role and that some will eventually outgrow it.

The new job has a higher salary

There is no denying that ‘money talks’. Any boss in the land wouldn’t argue with that. If your new job offers a higher salary or better perks, then of course you are going to take it!  Unless your current boss can equal the pay on offer or raise it higher, then you would be unlikely to stay put.

You may want to have a discussion with your boss about your decision to leave. If you have been happy in your role and you get on well with your boss, you may find that they could offer to match the new salary figure if it means keeping you on. Then you would have to decide between staying or going – but no matter what your decision, you will be secure in the knowledge that you will be getting a salary increase no matter what you choose.

My new job is more secure

There are times in life when job security becomes more of a priority. This can be because you have gotten married and are starting a family. You may be buying a house and need the security of a regular wage to pay the mortgage. Or you just want to set down roots and settle down after a few years of moving around with work or exploring the world.

If you have concerns about how safe your job is, then it makes sense to look for employment elsewhere that can offer you more long-term security. If the company you work for is going through a rough time financially, then you may be worried about the chances of redundancies, downsizing and closures.

Speaking with your boss will confirm your suspicions about the future of the company. They will understand that in times of uncertainty some employees will jump ship. They would never hold this against you and would probably do the same if they were in your position.


If you are facing a change of employment in the near future, then you should always try to leave of a positive note. Burning your bridges is never a good idea. At some point in the future you may cross paths with an old employer so you will want to leave them with a good impression of you.

Who knows? You may end up back working with your old company once again but under a different format or structure!

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