As you look ahead to your new role that you worked so hard to secure and begin to plan the next part of your professional career, it is understandable this could overshadow the importance of taking the time to resign properly. I always advise candidates that the number one rule is to leave on a good note (when possible) and that you never want to burn any bridges. You might need to rely on your previous employer for references, advice or even a job; you never know where your current supervisors/colleagues may end up in five or ten years’ time. Have you determined how much notice is appropriate, planned how you’ll transfer your responsibilities and how you will break the news to your supervisor and coworkers?
Below are tips that I share with candidates as they prepare to resign and a link to our website with resignation template letters:
- Prepare what you are going to say, in what order, and to whom. You can do serious damage to working relationships if you tell the wrong people first (even in confidence) and somebody influential finds out second hand. I would recommend you speaking in person if possible your manager first to make sure they hear it from you.
- Prepare a resignation letter, you should take the time to write a letter of resignation to your current employer this will document your resignation and planned last day of work.
- Don’t get caught off-guard, so do prepare to resign by removing all personal items and files from your office and computer for those instances when your employer may ask you to leave as soon as you tender your resignation.
- Don’t make any statements or express any opinions that you may later regret. Remember that old adage: if you have nothing good to say, say nothing at all.
- Make a plan to keep in touch with key coworkers, friends, and mentors. Keep your network strong.
In closing be prepared for the counter-offer to entice you to stay. No matter how good it makes your ego feel to have your current employer respond with a counteroffer, accepting one is never in your best interest. Statistics compiled by the National Employment Association confirm the fact that over 80% of those people who elected to accept a Counter Offer and stayed are in their position for less than a year. Whether the employer admits it or not, your dedication will be questioned. It’s better to tactfully decline the offer and focus on your new job with your new employer.