Congratulations, you’ve secured a new job! Now it’s time to hand in your notice…this can often be a source of anxiety for employees. Resigning from a job properly may well help you later down the line. It’s important to follow the correct channels and leave your current job on a good note. We’ve put this handy guide together on how to resign from your job and hopefully get you through what can often be an awkward situation.

resigning from your job

REMEMBER: don’t do anything until you have your new job offer in writing and you’re happy with the contract.


Put it in writing:

It’s good practice to write a formal letter of resignation. Although this may seem a thing of the past, a lot of companies still require a letter to keep on file. Keep the letter short and to the point and above all, positive (even if you don’t feel too positively about the situation). Our how to write a resignation letter section will help you.


Notifying your line manager:

Arrange a one-on-one meeting with your manager as soon as they’re available. Let them know of your intentions to leave, and give them your letter of resignation. Keep the meeting formal and unemotional. This is not the time or the place to voice your concerns. Remain positive and tell them how much you have enjoyed working with them (although this may not necessarily be the case) and that you’re happy to work your notice period. This would be a good time to agree when your last day will be. Depending on your role, you may be asked to leave immediately and be put on ‘gardening leave’ (when an employee is asked to stay away from work, but remains on the payroll until the end of the notice period).


Dealing with a counter-offer:

If you’ve been with the company for a while and considered a reliable, loyal member of the team, you may well be faced with a counter-offer. The employer may offer you a promotion, a pay-rise or make promises about your future with the company if you were to stay. You need to fully understand the terms of the counter offer in order to make a decision about what you will do. The most important thing is you take time to think about your options. Read more about how to manage a counter-offer.


Notice period:

You’re legally obliged to work your notice period, in accordance with your contract. Throughout this time, don’t switch off, ensure your work isn’t affected by your impending exit. Remember, you will need a reference from your current employer and you will leave with your professional reputation intact.


Enjoy it:

Try to enjoy your last few weeks at your current company. You’ve made the decision to move for a good reason, so don’t let others make you feel guilty or as though you’ve made the wrong choice. Get the contact details of the colleagues you wish to keep in contact with (you never know when they may come in handy) and enjoy your leaving do!

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