resign from your job in 5 easy steps

resign from your job in 5 easy steps
30 Jul

Offer letter signed! Only one more thing to do before it’s official and that’s resign from your job. A resignation should never feel great. You can make it harder destroying your reputation in the process or with a little preparation up front, leave with your credibility in tact.

How to resign from your job and keep everyone happy.

Here are 5 tips that will help keep a happy relationship between you and your employer.

  1. Prepare a handover. Whilst you’re resigning, all your boss is thinking about is the extra workload. Have a list of your responsibilities written down to help the business prepare. Next to that, place names of team members with skills and or capacity take up the slack in the short term
  2. Terminate your contractFormalise the conversation and start your notice period by providing a letter of resignation.
  3. The hard stuff. When you’re ready, get some face to face time with your direct boss. A regular weekly catch up might provide the right opportunity. Catching them at the beginning of the day or diary invite may also be an option. Resign in person unless your boss works from another office in which case a phone call is sufficient. Ensure you both have enough time set aside should it be needed. Don’t shy away from delivering your message leaving no doubt in your supervisors mind what your intentions are.
  4. Make it official. Give your letter and your handover document and tell your boss that your productivity will remain high over your notice period. Let your boss know you’ll do whatever the business needs to make the transition as smooth as possible.
  5. The home run. In your final days get some time with your boss summarise your activity tying up loose ends and ask if there is anything you can help with. Wish your boss well and thank them once more. Now is the time to ask for a letter of recommendation or a recommendation on your LinkedIn profile.

Finally, remember you are under no obligation to provide the name of your next employer once you resign.  The question is likely be asked. Take some time to think through your answer and whether you provide the name or not, be sincere and consistent in your approach. 

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Craig Michilis

Craig Michilis

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