Resigning from your job can be a stressful time. We have put together a guide to make this process as smooth and successful as possible:
Wait to receive the offer letter
You are in a much safer position once you are in receipt of this.
Writing your letter of resignation
Your resignation letter should state that you are ‘resigning effective day/month/year in order to take another position. Avoid disclosing anything more about your new job opportunity in the letter.
Keep it sensible and to the point.
There is no need to explain the reason for leaving in your letter of resignation.
Make an appointment to meet with your manager regarding a private matter. Be prepared for a number of reactions from your manager once you have delivered the news. Stay calm and professional at all times.
Try not to point to the negatives when you resign and focus on the positive reasons for accepting a new position.
Do not feel obliged to disclose your new salary. If asked, tell them you would rather not discuss it. Revealing your new salary could assist them with putting forward a counter offer (see below).
Once you have had your resignation meeting, allow a little time for your boss to process the news before telling your colleagues.
Agree on an end date with your manager so that you can communicate this to your consultant and new employer.
Your manager might attempt to persuade you to stay by providing a counteroffer; a flattering scenario designed to tempt you into changing your mind.
You may be offered a pay rise or promotion. Bear in mind that they should have been paying you what they felt you were worth at the time and should not be offering a salary to better that of your new role. Although the promotion may be sincere, do you really have to hand in your notice before your efforts are recognised?
You should remember the reasons you were looking for another job in the first place. Politely explain to your manager that it is time for you to move on.
It is vital to stay professional throughout the resignation process.
Be mindful of discussions with your colleagues. Anything you say is likely to get back and could undermine your credibility if it contradicts the reasons you gave for resigning.
Maintain your standard of work and professionalism right through to the end of your notice period. You never know if your paths will cross again in the future.
Notice Period and References
Offer to work your notice period and assist in the handover of your work.
Be prepared to leave immediately. Your company may have a policy in place whereby individuals are asked to leave shortly after resignation, especially if you are joining a competitor.
Request a reference to take away with you. You are more likely to receive a positive reference if you are being handed it personally.