You’ve held your current position for a while now, and you’ve had some good days and some bad days in the workplace. You’ve made some friends here, you’ve learned some valuable new skills, and you’ve gained some exposure to certain aspects of your industry that can help you develop your career. But the writing is on the wall, and it’s time for you to go. This job and this employer have taken you about as far as they can take you, and now it’s time for you to leave them behind and move on. The catch? You know that your boss won’t be happy to see you go. So how can you break the news gently and leave this place on good terms? How can you make sure your current coworkers retain fond memories of you? And most importantly, how can you encourage your boss to provide a positive reference in the future? Here are a few tips that can help you smooth the path behind you while you turn your attention to the road ahead.