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Dear Caroline,

Two months ago, I accepted a job that turned out to be terrible. The boss is incompetent and verbally abusive. The environment is bad. I could go on and on.

I know I need to quit, and I have been working on the resignation letter for the past couple of days.

I’m listing every broken promise and problem with the position. Right now, that letter is four pages long, and I’m still thinking of things.

My husband says I should make the letter shorter. I think it should be as long as it needs to be.

What do you think?

…Misled and Mistreated

Dear Misled,

I’m siding with your husband and then some. When a situation is over, it’s over. Nobody who has mistreated you will ever care what you have to say on the way out.

Tell your boss that you’re leaving. Tell him or her you have found a more suitable opportunity, thank them and go.

One or two sentences will do.

When it comes to breakups in business, as well as in romance, the best policy to preserve both your reputation and your sanity is to make a brief and dignified exit and never look back.

Best of luck!


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