One of the more challenging parts of transitioning to a new job is delicately resigning from your old position. Here, we’ll walk you through the process.
Before resigning from your current job, make sure that you:
- Receive and accept a formal written offer of employment. While some negotiation may be done by phone or email, be sure that you get it in writing once the final offer is agreed upon so that there is no potential for misunderstandings.
- Successfully complete any pre-employment requirements. This can vary based upon the company, but might include reference checks, drug testing, education or work verification, etc. Make sure that these are all complete before resigning.
When you resign, make sure that you:
It’s important that this meeting not be rushed. Be sure there’s plenty of time for you to resign and discuss any transition issues without interruption.
You want to be clear, concise, and positive. Make sure your supervisor knows that you have put a lot of thought into this decision and it is final. Communicate that while you appreciate the opportunities you have had in your current company, this is the right decision for your personal career development.
Provide an overview of the status of your current projects. Discuss which projects can be completed by your final day, and how to handle the ones that cannot.
In some companies the supervisor handles the entire process. But in many cases, a Human Resources representative needs to be involved to conduct an exit interview or advise on any other issues with regard to benefits, final pay, etc.
The most important thing? Be positive and professional. Regardless of the circumstances surrounding your resignation, remain calm and do not allow yourself to become emotional.
Resigning is never easy. However, using the recommendations above it can be handled gracefully and seamlessly.
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