Leaving your job can be stressful, whether you're moving on by choice or if you've been fired. Even though emotions may be running high...

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NEW YORK — Leaving your job can be stressful, whether you’re moving on by choice or if you’ve been fired.

Even though emotions may be running high, now isn’t the time to let them overwhelm you, writes M. Rose Jonas in her new book, “Can I Lie on My Résumé?” Put your best face forward, even if you’re angry, scared or excited about leaving.

Don’t slack off on work during the final days. Do what you need to prepare for your new job, but don’t ignore the one you’re wrapping up.

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Leaving lots of unfinished projects and other tasks gives employers and co-workers a less than stellar final impression of you. For long-term or multistage projects, make sure whoever picks up your portion of the work will see a smooth transition.

Keep your bridges intact. Even though your last days in a workplace may seem like the perfect time to tell off a snotty co-worker or really let the boss have it … just don’t. You never know when you might encounter these people again on your career path. They might eventually be in a position to recommend you for a job or even hire you again, so don’t blow it now.

Be kind to your replacement. If you are expected to stay on to train a new person, don’t give in to feelings of resentment about being replaced, or to worries that this new person will do your job better. Make sure he or she is prepared to do your job well.