Saying Goodbye

It's back-to-school time again. And for high school and college students, that can mean telling the boss that you are -- gulp -- quitting your summer job.

If you want to use your boss as a reference in the future, it's important to leave on favorable terms. Students should tell employers as early as possible that they have to quit once school starts, said Cindy Morgan-Jaffe, director of the Career Studio.

"Tell them as soon as you know what your plans are," Morgan-Jaffe said. "Even if you are going to leave them in a lurch, it shows you are thoughtful and responsible."

If you want to come back to work during the holidays or next summer, mention that to the boss. "In many cases, workplaces will extend that offer," Morgan-Jaffe said.

And it never hurts to get a letter of recommendation from your employer. "You might as well walk away with something if you did a good job," Morgan-Jaffe said.

Some students may be tempted to walk out without giving notice. Bad idea. You never know if you will one day want to list that boss as a reference. Morgan-Jaffe said, "It comes back to bite you in the end."

-- Anjali Athavaley