Handling Your Resignation with Style
If you decide you are in the wrong job or wrong company you need to get
out, and soon. Staying in a role with no passion will soon reflect on
your performance, and on your employer recommendations.
So better to plan to leave with style and dignity, than be 'helped' out
Remember - therelationships you have developed in your present job may
be of value to you in the future. Don't be tempted to burn any bridges
just because you are leaving this role - you will be surprised how paths
cross again and again.
Planning Your Resignation
Gather together necessary information. The terms of your present employment
are governed either by a personal contract or by company policy. Confirm:
- Notice required
- Restraints of trade
Your Resignation Letter
Your letter of resignation should be short and simple. It simply states
that you are submitting your resignation, effective on a particular date.
- Deliver the letter personally - not by e-mail or mail.
- Send a copy to the HR department.
You are not required to give a reason for leaving, but you may wish to
add a personal note about a positive impact the job has had on you.
Leaving Inside Your Notice Period
If you want to leave within your contract period of notice you are best
- prepare a detailed report of the stage at which you leave things -
who is assuming what responsibilities, and what training is necessary.
- make suggestions for those taking over your role
- plan for maintaining key relationships, especially those you wish
to use as references
- approach your boss with your plan and present it, along with your
letter of resignation with confidence.
If your boss can see that an early departure will not cause major disruption,
in most cases they will agree.
Leaving With Normal Notice
If you plan to leave with a normal notice period, you do not need to
do the above, but it makes good sense to do so. It will foster a good
parting relationship and shows professionalism and style.
If you do not receive a response, first check your employer received
your resignation letter, and if so, ask for a confirmation of your date
of departure. If that still doesn't get a response, send a note to the
HR department, with a copy of your resignation and date proferred. You
are free to leave as planned.
Leave With Style
Even if you think your boss is a real jerk and you hate the way you have
been treated, treat your exit interview with professionalism and style.
Don't give them any reason to not recommend you for another role.
If you are resigning because of a stressful personal or ethical environment,
you want to leave behind feelings of good will.
Behave professionally and resist the temptation to vent your frustrations
with your work experience in either your letter of resignation or exit
People will remember you by the last impression you make. So make a good
Prepare for the Unexpected
Sometimes one can receive an unexpected reaction to a resignation. If
you have done your job well - you have no guilt about leaving in spite
of what your boss may feel your future was with the company.
You are not obliged to tell them your reasons or where you plan to work
If you are planning to work for a competitor, expect that you may be
asked to leave immediately - and I mean right then. This will often be
done under supervision of your manager.
From the viewpoint of your manager, you have competitive secrets and
access to customer lists that are highly sensitive.
Be Careful About What You Reveal
People naturally love to gossip, so you are better to plan a precise
statement regarding your resignation and stick to it. Whatever you do,
don't tell a co-worker before you tell your boss.
Don't reveal too much about bad feelings you have toward the company
or people you work with. If you resign on impulse, you may want to keep
the bridge open to a return in the future.
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