One of the things people find tricky once they’ve secured a new job is resigning from their current employer. It can be awkward, it can be met with anger or surprise, but whatever the reaction, it must be done in a respectful and dignified way. Here’s our top tips.
Resign only if you mean it. NEVER use a resignation as a tool to negotiate a higher salary or a promotion – there’s every chance this will backfire. Only resign if you’re ready to move on from your job.
Put it in writing. Make sure you hand your employer your written notice as soon as possible, giving your final date of employment and thanking your employer for the opportunities given to you whilst in their employment. Make the letter short and polite, leaving any grievances for discussion at your exit interview if totally necessary.
Don’t accept any counter offers – these rarely work and many people who accept counter offers will find themselves job searching again in 6 months. Once you’ve made your decision, stick to it.
Make your exit as smooth as possible; offer your support during the handover process. There’s no point in burning any bridges.
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