Resigning From A Job?

By Staff

You've decided it's time to move on and whether you are leaving reluctantly or joyously, there are a few things you should remember.

Don't Burn Any Bridges:

You've heard it a hundred times, but it's very important when you are leaving a job to depart on a positive note. Once you've made your decision to leave, there is no reason for negativity about your job, your supervisor, or your employer. You never know when you may need to get in touch with your past employer again, or apply for another job at a later date. Staying on good terms can also help you with reference letters, networking, and business relationships.

Submit a Letter of Resignation:

Your letter of resignation should include a few basic things. Firstly, you should state your intent of leaving the company and the last date you intend to work. Make sure you've read the employee handbook or your contract and you follow the rules set in them for giving notice of leaving your job.

Secondly, you may choose to include in your letter of resignation the reason for your departure. This could include something like furthering your education, pursing another opportunity, etc. Giving a reason for leaving isn't necessary, but you can if you choose to.

Thirdly, your letter of resignation should thank your employer and managers for the opportunity of working with them. Always end your letter of resignation on a positive note. The text for this section could read: I've appreciated the opportunity of working with XYZ Company and with XYZ Manager and Supervisor. I wish XYZ Company continued success in the future.

Be Considerate:

Depending on your circumstances for leaving and the type of job environment, you can also offer to help in the hiring and training of your replacement. This may go a long way towards alleviating some stress your supervisor is likely feeling.

Try to complete any projects you have before you leave or at least make it easy for someone who will be taking your place by having all your work and files organized.

Continue to work hard even though you are leaving. You are still employed and expected to perform for your employer. Don't blow a chance to get a great letter of reference or a great recommendation.

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