My father stayed in the same job his entire working life…one workplace everyday for 40 years. Nowadays that is considered crazy, but for a person of his generation, that was not all that unusual.
Today, we expect people to have around 10 different jobs by the age of 40 and be made redundant an average of 3 times in their working life. As such, employers have become used to people resigning and moving on, but that doesn’t mean you can be casual about the way you resign. It is critical that you resign carefully and remain professional until the last minute because:
These people will form a critical part of your professional network
These people know lots of other people who you might cross paths with
You know what they say about Karma, it’s a real ……
- Preparation Work
Before you say a word to anyone, make sure you delete any personal files or images from your computer especially if your new role is with a key competitor. Your employer may ask you to finish immediately and escort you from the building and you do not want to leave personal information behind on your computer.
Mare sure all the details for your new job are settled and signed off before you make any announcements.
Check the company’s resignation policy for key details about notice periods and compensation and benefits.
Ensure you can give a minimum of 2 weeks notice. It would be best to give 3 or 4 weeks if it is possible. This makes it easier for your boss and the company to have a smooth transition.
- Tell Your Boss First
You don’t want your boss to hear the news from someone else, so make a time to sit down and talk to him/her.
When you meet with your boss have a resignation letter prepared which includes your last day and a thank you note. Do not include details of where you are going or why you are leaving.
Have your story straight before you go in. Be clear about how much you will say about your new company and the reasons why you are leaving.
Be professional and not personal.
Offer to train a replacement.
Offer to put together a hand over document for the new person.
- Tell The Team
Ask your boss how they would prefer to notify the team and the rest of the company.
If you have any mentors, key supervisors or peers you would like to keep in your close network make sure you tell them personally and thank them for their support.
Do not give team members a different reason for leaving than the one you gave your boss. Word gets around and it will make you look unprofessional and petty.
- Remain Professional
Most people work hard to create a great first impression but don’t give much thought to the last impression. Big Mistake!!!! You must work hard till the last minute before you leave as if it is any normal day. This will leave everyone around you thinking you are professional and diligent.
Remain positive and do not say anything negative about your role or the company you are leaving. Gossip travels and you cannot afford to burn any bridges.
If you are invited in for an exit interview make sure you are courteous and polite. This is not the forum to vent about everything and everyone you hate.
- The Final Week
Remove any personal items from your desk and office.
Clean your office and your online files so your replacement has no obvious reason to criticise you when you are gone.
Prepare a handover document for your replacement that is coherent and helpful ensuring good things are said about you and your level of professionalism.
Prepare a thanks you and goodbye email that includes your contact details so people can stay in touch.
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