On the flip side, if you loved your job, your coworkers, your boss, the cappuccino machine, everything about the place, don't write page upon page waxing rhapsodic about all that you're giving up by leaving. A brief, heartfelt compliment to the company, or a thank you, is fine.
Spot the Signs. According to Alison Green, who writes the blog Ask a Manager, this is common practice for some industries, especially if you're leaving to work for a direct competitor. However, in those situations, you'll likely know it's coming and can prepare accordingly.