Tips For Resigning From Your Job

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Published: 3 Sep 2016      

One of the things that often goes hand-in-hand with finding a new job is resigning from your current one. However, it’s also something that a lot of people don’t talk about, possibly because it is a process that is not tinged with the optimism of finding a new job.

Still, it is crucially important that you get this right, as the references you receive from previous roles can play a large part in dictating your future career. So, as appealing as it may be to go out in a blaze of glory and vent any frustrations you may have had, it’s a lot more practical if you follow these tips and get the most out of the process.

Make It Private

The last thing you should do is make a big song and dance of the fact that you are resigning. Not only does this have the potential to create office gossip that could come back to hurt you, but it is also a slap in the face of your bosses. If you are thinking about resigning, pay attention to the procedures that your company has in place for the process and give your manager the courtesy of an individual meeting where you can talk about your resignation and the reasons behind it. People will find out about it eventually, but there’s no need to shout it from the rooftops.

Keep It Simple

Once you sit down to write your notice letter, you may find you run into some difficulty about what you actually want to say. The key here is that you don’t need to say much at all. You don’t need to go into detail about why you’re leaving the role or what you will be doing afterwards. Instead, keep it short and sweet by just stating the facts. You can talk about the rest when you speak to your employer.

Be Wary Of Guilt Tripping

Some employers will make a big song and dance about your exit, claiming that you are leaving them in the lurch and you can’t possibly leave now. This can make you feel terrible about your decision. Don’t let that happen. There is a reason you have left and it probably has something to do with terrible management like this. Be steadfast, positive and, above all else, professional. Good managers will start looking for solutions as soon as you hand your notice in, rather than reacting as though the world is collapsing around them.

Arrange An Exit Interview

Not all companies conduct exit interviews but they can be beneficial for all parties. Consider your exit interview to be your “last gift” to your former employer. It will allow you to provide feedback about why you chose to leave the role and will help the company’s HR department figure out what to do to keep their hands on good employees in the future. Be good-hearted and treat this process with professionalism, as the feedback you provide can be positive for all involved and will ensure you leave in good standing.

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