You may not have noticed it yet, but the veterinary world is a very small one. Everybody knows somebody and while you can use that to your advantage, it can also bite you in the bum. There are many things that can unfairly happen to you, but it is extremely important to not burn a single bridge, no matter what the situation. To keep your bridges intact, follow closely through these next points:
1. Always give a two week notice
Be prepared to always give at a minimum of a two week notice upon your departure from your employer. If you have a good rapport with your clinic you may wish to give them more. Be aware however, that if the relationship has been strained they may see it fit to just let you go the moment you give your notice.
2. Do not bash your employer
Keep as many feelings about your employment on the down low. Do not bash your employer to your current or future co-workers. Also, do not bash your employer in your next interview. Veterinary medicine is a very competitive field, so don't give yourself a disadvantage in finding new employment.
3. Steer clear of social media
The social media world is a very dangerous place to vent. Although you might think you are safe, it is just better to not mention a thing on any social media platform or in any form of writing....ever!
If you need to vent, talk it over with your spouse, parent, or best friend in person. Pick someone who has no relationship to your employer and will give you their full attention.
4. Do not talk about your wages
A sure fire way to at least get written up is to discuss your wages with your co-workers. While it might be tempting to find out what others are making, it is a very dangerous predicament to be in. Your feelings (or those of your co-workers) might get hurt. Keep it a private matter!
5. Ask for a letter of recommendation
After deciding that it is time to move on, you can gauge how well you kept your bridges up by asking for a letter of recommendation. Even if you have already secured a new job in veterinary medicine, having a letter already written is icing on the cake.