Put Down the Match: Avoiding Burned Bridges When Leaving Your Job

It's easy to relate to Dorothy in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. After she spends so much time getting to know and falling in love with the wondrous characters around her, it's always a bit bittersweet to watch her part with her newfound friends in order to return home. She had grown such a strong bond with a scarecrow, a tin man and, of course, a lion, and she was willing to hop on that balloon knowing full well that return visits weren't going to happen.

For most of us, an exodus from a relationship isn't so dramatic, but there are times when the way we leave dictates the fact that we can never return.