Washington Post

When you quit a job, don't burn any bridges

Inform your business associate that you've had an unexpected change of plans since applying for the job, and offer to withdraw your application, with many thanks for the opportunity. Foto: Colourbox

Reader 1: I have an interview coming up for a part-time, temporary position until next summer. I just found out that I will need to move out of the area about four months from now, so I am also looking for shorter-term positions.

Would you recommend telling the interviewer that I need to move in four months? Or would you recommend saying nothing, taking the job if offered and then just quitting when I have to move? I am concerned about future references. Also I just started a business relationship with someone who works at the company and who urged the interviewer to consider my résumé. I do not want to jeopardize that new relationship...

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