How to resign professionally…
It’s the time of year when there is typically high turnover in the job market, bonuses have been announced and you may be at the stage where you are going to leave your current position – so how do you resign?
Ideally, you should tell your manager that you are resigning in person but it’s a good idea to have a short letter of resignation stating your last date of employment that you can email or hand to your boss and the HR department.
You will know from your employment contract what your notice period is, remember that a company doesn’t have to accept your resignation, as long as you have followed the terms stated in your contract.
If the HR department asks you to sign anything, even a letter of resignation that they have provided, take it home with you and look it over thoroughly before you sign it.
Be prepared to answer some questions, your manager may ask why you’re quitting, and it’s OK to tell them — just keep it positive, or just say something as simple as, “I’ve been offered an opportunity I want to pursue”.
Your current employer may also ask you to divulge what your new employer is offering you, but you are not obliged to give them any details about your new company or new role.If you disclose salary details they may also try to counter offer you, the less information they have the better.
Close the resignation discussion on a positive note with a “thank you” for your manager’s mentorship and generosity.
You never know when you might cross paths with these people again — or if you may want to return to this company later in your career — so whatever you do, don’t burn any bridges.
Make the transition even easier for everyone by leaving detailed notes about your daily duties, goals, logins, and key contacts, and offer to train and re-distribute work to anyone who may be stepping into your shoes.
Take a vacation; transitioning jobs presents a unique opportunity to take some well-earned time for yourself to decompress, as long as you can afford it!!