Resignation Tips

Resignation Tips

The final order of business involves resigning from your current employer. This can a very emotional event and one must prepare for resignation much in the same way as for an interview.

letterofregThere are two basic parts to a resignation. The first part involves the writing of a resignation letter. Your resignation letter should be a short, one page document informing the company of your intention to resign your present position, your appreciation for your tenure at the company and your expected date for departure. A sample letter can be found below.


The other aspect of resignation is the physical exit interview. Care must be given to providing a positive and absolutely clear understanding of your intention to leave the company. You have probably caught your superior off guard and every effort must be taken to maintain a good relationship with him/her. You never know who your boss will be in the future or when you will need a letter of recommendation. Burning your bridges by means of “setting the record straight” or airing your frustrations has never accomplished its intended goal.

Resignations are best done by asking your superior for some time at the end of the day to discuss something personal. Approaching your superior at a specific time shows professional courtesy. At that time, present your resignation letter. Acting in a confident manner will let your superior know that you are serious and not merely pressuring him/her for a raise or promotion or both. You are not required to reveal the name of the new company nor the contents of your offer package. Those are personal items and you are perfectly within your bounds by informing your superior to this effect. Remain calm and be very complimentary of your superior and their operation. They will pressure you to reveal your specific reasons for leaving. It is best to focus on the general elements of the new job opportunity and not what is lacking in your current position.

Working out your termination notice is sometimes awkward and difficult. Make the most of it by relating positive comments to co-workers, performing your job effectively and enhancing close friendships in the company.

When it is all over, it is time to celebrate! The long road to job transition has come to an end. Make sure that you treat those close to you or key friends involved in the process to a well-deserved meal or special outing. Your job search has affected their lives as well.

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