You have decided you want to look for a new job, you have spent hours writing the perfect cv, attended a series of interviews, and put yourself out of your comfort zone to sell yourself and your skills. But it’s all been worth it because you have managed to land yourself a dream job offer!
The next part is often difficult. Now it’s time to hand in your resignation for your current role- gracefully and without burning any bridges or leaving on a bad note…
1.Tell your boss first
Whilst you may be excited about your new role and keen to share the news with close colleagues and friends, keep the resignation news to yourself until you have informed your manager or boss. You don’t want to risk it getting back to your boss or team, be patient and adhere to protocol.
2.Be professional and respectful
Thank your boss or manager for the opportunities they have given you. Leave on good terms and don’t burn any unnecessary bridges- remember you are likely to need them as a reference. Make sure you have read through your employment contract and know exactly the notice period and where you stand in terms of leave. Its best for future relationships and employment to work your notice period and show your new employer your work values.
3.Maintain your professionalism outside of the office as well
Professionalism extends to your conversations outside of the office, including on your social media platforms. Do not badmouth the company and its management staff. You never know where your next opportunity may come from in the future. For professional reasons its best to keep your motives and reasons for quitting to yourself.
4.You don’t need to justify yourself
Don’t beat around the bush or try to explain yourself with unnecessary details. Express that you are giving notice to your employer and a brief reason as to why. Don’t feel compelled to overshare.
Part of what causes anxiety when handing in a resignation is that we feel the need to over explain ourselves and justify our decision. Focus on the fact that you’re giving notice, how much time you’re giving and how you will work to ensure a smooth transition out of your current role.
5.The counter offer
The decision to hand in your notice can often come as a shock to the company. Not only may you have been extremely valued but it can also be costly and timely to fill your position. To prevent this, you may be made a counter offer or offered a promotion- this can seem enticing, but don’t instantly change your mind.
6.Stay committed to the end
After you have announced your resignation, avoid the temptation to mentally check out of your role. People will notice how you behave when you no longer have any skin in the game. Stay focussed and give results until the very last day!