You may have spent the last few months fantasising about how you might resign. It may have included your boss begging you not to go and offering you large sums of money to stay. But now that you’ve accepted your new job, the reality has set it in. You need to resign and it’s most likely not ‘the best time’. It never really is. Don’t despair, we’ve got 5 hot tips for you that will help you to resign in a professional manner that won’t leave you feeling ill afterward.
Before you do anything though, be sure to have all your details finalised with your new employer. Including a signed letter of offer or contract and the details of your commencement in place. You want to feel confident that your new role is secure before you inform your current employer that you’re leaving. Ok, now that we’ve got that piece of housekeeping out of the way let’s look at how you can resign and keep your reputation in tack.
- Write a formal resignation letter. The letter doesn’t need to be extensive – just a brief note that outlines your appreciation for your tenure at the organisation and include the anticipated date of you last day. Do not write about the reasons why you are leaving. If, the organisation wants to learn more about why you’ve resigned they will ask you if you’d like to participate in an exit interview conducted by HR.
- Plan how you will finish off your work. Prepare a brief outline of how you will finalise key projects you are working on and where possible document handover notes to assist anyone who may need to take your duties. It’s not your position to plan who will take on your responsibilities. You may think it’s a good idea to make some suggestions but unless you’re asked it would be best for you to offer to document detailed handover notes and anything else that may be of use to your successor.
- Determine your reasons for leaving. Inevitably, your Manager and Co-workers will ask why you’re leaving. It is important to be consistent and professional with your response. Try to keep your response as positive as possible focussing more on your new opportunity, e.g. my new role will offer me the opportunity to learn XYZ.
- Think about what you might say if your makes you a counteroffer. Decide before you go into resign whether you would consider staying and what you would need for it to be the right decision. You can read more from our blog 3 tips on how to handle multiple offers like a pro.
- Work as hard as you can until your last day. Leave your Manager and co-workers with a positive impression of working with you. It will always hold you in good steed for the future. Your personal brand is critical the success of your career, and its these interactions that build a strong brand image.