How to resign
You have made your big decision to resign from your current job – well done, it’s a hard choice. Now it’s time to break the news to your current boss. It’s never an easy situation and it’s not uncommon to feel lost for words.
Steps to resign successfully
Follow our simple steps to ensure you leave gracefully and professionally, ensuring you receive a good reference and maintain your reputation.
- Write a formal letter of resignation.
- It is likely that an informal meeting will be called by your direct manager to ascertain why you wish to leave. Prior to going in, fully consider your reasons for resigning. Ensure you are clear in your mind about what you wish to say and how to voice it. Remain calm and stick to your plan.
- Prepare yourself for the possibility of a counter offer. Would a pay rise make you stay? Is a promotion going to give you the desire you require? Give careful thought to such offers and think about the implications.
- Give your current employer enough time to find your replacement.
- Check your current contract so you have awareness of your notice period.
Work as hard now as you did before. Remain professional until the end. Be sure to negotiate any outstanding holiday entitlement, pay or commission. Some organisations will perform an exit interview. Be truthful and diplomatic and protect your reference. Remember to thank them for your time at the company.