How to resign from your current job
For most job seekers this is one of the most nerve-racking things you can do and the stage of the process that most people look forward to least. However, like most stages of the recruitment process it’s important to plan how you are going to approach this, what you are going to say as well as ensuring you are following normal process in order to ensure your notice is served in the correct way. Despite the emotion that surrounds informing your current employer that you are leaving you should always look to achieve a professional exit offering as much support and understanding as possible to both your current and new employer.
Occasionally this can be a tricky balancing act to achieve so here are some handy tips to help guide you through this:
Get the offer in writing
Firstly, before you resign, it is important to make sure that you are happy with all aspects of your new role and have the offer in writing. At Be-IT we will discuss all aspects the offer and salary package with you verbally and will then instruct the client to send you written confirmation of the offer after you have accepted. Make sure that the written offer you receive is signed by the client before planning your exit.
Understand your legal obligations
Your current contract will detail your notice period, which you are legally obliged to give your current employer. You may also be able to offset any outstanding holiday balance to reduce your notice period but remember this is entirely up to the discretion of your current employer and you should assume you will be serving full notice when quoting estimated start dates with your new employer.
Draft your resignation letter
This is when it becomes official. Regardless of how long you have been there or how well you know your boss you must put your resignation in writing and there are a couple of things you must remember to include: the date of your resignation, your notice period and your last day of employment. You may wish to include any positive comments on your time there but avoid including any negative commentary about the company or individuals and remember your current employer will also be one of your references in the future. If in doubt consult your Be-IT Consultant on your draft letter to ensure everything that needs to be included is included.
Arrange a meeting
Make time in your manager’s diary where you can inform him/her of your intention to leave and also present them with your resignation letter dated that day. Make sure you are clear yet diplomatic about your reasons for leaving and the reasons why you have accepted the new role rather than the negative aspects of your current role. Your manager will probably want to know your new salary and will attempt to address some of the reasons for leaving. Think carefully about this and remember that any incentives to stay were only offered after you announced your intention to leave. Stay strong, professional and focus on the positive aspects of your new job and don’t look back.
Agree a practical and professional handover and remain focused and committed during your resignation period.
Ensure a smooth exit with HR and ask them to confirm any holidays, bonus payments and the safe return of any company property including laptop, mobile phone, company car etc. You never know when you may run into your colleagues again or when you may need them as a reference so remain positive, professional and enjoy your leaving day and night.
At Be-IT we support and regularly help candidates leave their current employer and any one of our consultants would be happy to discuss any of the above, help you draft your resignation letter or prepare you for your resignation meeting.