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Whether you exit alone or bring a lawyer into the mix, you still have one foot out the door. Therefore, you'll need a viable, face-saving explanation for your separation from the company. The unvarnished truth is important, but how you position your departure story is vital and one upon which you and your employer must agree.

You may be leaving your job under duress, but there are still countless ways of framing your reasons for departing, and some will benefit you far more than others. You'll want your colleagues, associates, vendors, and potential future employers to hear whatever version of the story shows you in your best light. For example, "My position was eliminated due to downsizing" will sound better then "My boss had to cut one salary from the budget, and mine was it," and "My department is undergoing some managerial changes" will have a better ring to it than "My new supervisor let me go because she and I had a personality conflict." Other face-saving scenarios include: "I've decided to redirect my career," "The projects I was working on were phased out," or "My manager and I had differences in our work styles," all of which beat "I was sacked" hands down.

Once you've established a simple, plausible explanation for your leave-taking, ask your employer to buy off on it. He or she may want to "tweak" your story but, in any case, your explanations should jibe. This may well be your final opportunity to negotiate with your employer, and it shouldn't be too difficult; even the most belligerent boss will hesitate to make your leave-taking more painful than it has to be or to sabotage your chances of reemployment. Also, employers won't want to hurt your job prospects for fear they'd find themselves vulnerable to a lawsuit.

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