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Resign with Professionalism

Resigning from a position can be a traumatic experience for many people.  It can be a very emotional time. 

Let us assist you with some tips and tools to assist you leave your current employer on good terms

The old saying "never burn your bridges" could not be more true in the business world.  Although there may be times that you would love to walk into your Manager's office and tell them what they can do with their job, this is not the reality.  You may think that you will never come across that company or manager again, however the world is smaller than you think.  References are another reason to leave your employer on a good note.  A favourable reference from your past employer could land you the "job of your dreams".

Step 1 - Covered all options
Leaving one employer to go to another is a big decision for most people.  Careful thought and planning should go into your decision making.  If you feel comfortable, it is good to discuss your feelings with your employer.  There may be some actions they can take to retain you in the position i.e. further duties, pay rise etc.  It is better to have had this discussion prior to your resignation.  Note:  If you feel that the manager is not reasonable and cannot be trusted with this information, proceed with caution as some managers may take matters into their own hands and terminate the employment agreement prior to your resignation.

Step 2 - Review your terms of employment
If you have a contract of employment or letter of offer with your current employer, you need to check if it states a notice period.  The notice period stated on these documents are what you are required to give.  In the absence of a contract or agreement, the general rule is to follow a pay period i.e. weekly, fortnightly or monthly. 

Step 3 - Resignation Letter
A resignation letter does not need to say a lot and generally will not include the reason why you are leaving.  The letter is designed to confirm you have resigned, notice period and last day of employment.  If your experience has been a good one with the employer it is always nice to say this as a final thank you.  Click on this link to view a sample Resignation Letter

Step 4 - Make a time to meet with your direct Supervisor
You should have a plan for the resignation day.  Be prepared for the worst, remain calm and try to keep the conversation on a professional basis.  Even the most experienced Manager could take the news personally so try to remain calm and refrain from explaining too much about "why" you are leaving.  You should refrain from telling co-workers prior to informing your direct supervisor. 

Step 5 - Managing any additional offer by your Employer
Many times employers will try and convince you to stay in the role.  If you have adequately gone through Step 1, there should be nothing else that can be done to convince you to stay.  Keep in mind that a high percentage (60%) of workers that do stay on after resigning will generally leave within their first year after they accept the offer.  There are genuine reasons why you wanted to leave and whilst it is flattering to be offered to stay, you need to keep in mind why it was that you wanted to move on in the first place.