Resignation Tips

What is resigning?

Resignation is the final step in accepting a new job. The purpose of resigning is to give your current employer notice that you will be leaving their company, so that they can prepare for a smooth transition and you can begin your new position.

When should you do it?

You should not resign until you have received and accepted a written offer and all the pre-employment requirements have been fulfilled. Pre-employment requirements could include reference checking, employment and education verification, work authorization verification, credit checks, drug test, criminal history checks, etc.

How does the process work?

Keep it short and positive. The last thing you want to do is burn any bridges, even if you feel like you have been treated unfairly. Keep in mind the new opportunity you are moving to, not the negative reasons you are leaving.

How should I resign?

Step 1: Before Resigning

You've made your decision, there's no looking back. Develop a transition plan - review the status of current projects and determine if you will be able to complete them in your notice period. Your goal is to make this as easy as possible for everyone. Decide if you are going to present this orally as well as in written form.

Step 2: Resign

Schedule a meeting with your supervisor ASAP so you can get it done. Set up enough time to resign and review your transition plan and any other outstanding issues. As a professional courtesy, make sure your boss is the first to know you are leaving. At the meeting, review your resignation letter. Let your supervisor know you have thought this through and feel that this is best for your long-term career and that your decision is final. Also let your supervisor know that you enjoyed working there, have contributed to the team's success, enjoyed their leadership, and are excited by the new position you have accepted. Since your decision is final, ask that they respect your decision and not make it uncomfortable for you in making a counteroffer. Keep in mind that this is not a exit interview; questions concerning why you are leaving and what they can do to fix this are not appropriate at this time.

Step 3: After Resigning

Usually an exit interview is done by human resources. Typically you will be asked your reason for leaving, suggestions for departmental and company improvements, and will be given information to assist in the transition of benefits and the returning of security, parking or other cards. Arrangements for your final pay check and payment for any outstanding vacation or other benefits you may be entitled to. Good-bye lunches are a way to visit one more time and to say good-bye. Always keep this positive; avoid talking negatively about your previous employer, managers, or peers.

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Sample Resignation Letter