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Looking to quit “mean girls” shop, but don’t wish to burn bridges — HELP!


Hey Jancy,
I’ve come with a predicament that I may or may not be common in the industry. I was hired from my internship as a junior, so I couldn’t be more thankful to my seniors. But now that’s in been a year, I’ve been exploring other options and different clients.
The only thing is that I’m scared to even think about giving my seniors a two-weeks notice. The best way to describe them is a couple of mean girls, they gossip about other coworkers around us, they insult me and work instead of giving constructive criticism, and give me the silent treatment if I’ve done something to piss them off. Needless to say, they’re one of the reasons I’m leaving. On the other hand, my creative director is great and understanding, so I don’t want to burn bridges with him.
What do I do?

intro Looking to quit mean girls shop, but dont wish to burn bridges — HELP!What a shame. We would be leaving, too. There is no need to worry about burning bridges when you resign. First of all, you don’t resign to the mean girls, you resign to their boss and yours, the creative director. Do so in a professional way; express your appreciation for the experience you’ve gained and leave without guilt of any kind. If we were your CD we would want to know about how the mean girls are managing people. Unfortunately the leader is often the last to know when employees are actually doing a terrible job. (Yes, they should; but at the fast pace of the business a lot can happen that’s not evident to them). If you’re asked for a reason, you have the opening to say you have had a hard time delivering your best, as you’ve found the manner of your seniors demoralizing and they haven’t provided you with direction on how to improve. Take your cues from him/her on how much detail is wanted. Good luck on moving into a new environment where you can grow, and be happy to show up.

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'Jancy' is Janet Kestin and Nancy Vonk, Co-Founders of Swim, a unique “creative leadership training lab for advertising creatives and marketers.” Prior to Swim, Jancy was globally renowned as the Co-Chief Creative Officers of Ogilvy & Mather Toronto, a position they held for thirteen of the twenty years they were a creative duo at the agency. Over the years they've racked up Cannes Lions, Clios, One Show pencils and CA credits, and have lead their shop to two Cannes Lions Grand Prix and a Grand Clio. They've judged CA, Cannes, D&AD, the One Show, the Clios and other prestigious award shows. Creativity named them two of the top 50 creative people of 2008. Known for their outspoken, no-bullshit style and a passion for mentoring juniors, they're ready to give you advice if you're ready to take it.

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