Respond calmly to questions from your boss when you resign to take a new job, tie up loose ends before you go and stay positive during your exit interview, experts advise. "If you leave on a bad note, you'll counteract all the great work you did," author Nicole Williams said.
It can be frightening to think of leaving your job in this difficult job market, but it might be time if you're no longer motivated or your boss is short-tempered with you, Jorg Stegemann writes. "[D]on’t ignore early warning signals that you are in the dog house. Before your worst fears come true, it’s better to make a move," he writes.
If you fear your job has devolved into something so lacking in challenge that it has become something even a monkey could do, test your theory, Alex Dogliotti writes. For example, if a manager won't go along with your request for new tasks, it might be because "monkeys are never trusted with tasks outside their routine," she writes.
Helpful supplies to tote to your interview include multiple copies of your résumé, a bottle of water, paper and pen, tissues and even hand warmers, Andrew Rosen writes. "For some people, cold hands are a fact of life. With only one shot at a good first impression, use a disposable hand warmer to avoid 'morgue hands,' " Rosen writes.
While you may never think about taking photos of yourself drunk at a party to a job interview, that's exactly what you're doing if you post them online or share other personal information on social-media sites and don't take steps to protect your privacy, Teena Rose writes. A Microsoft survey found 70% of employers "disqualified a candidate based on online information," she writes.