​How to resign from your job

18 June 2019 by Rachel Whalley
Workplace Resigning

There are many reasons as to why you might have decided to resign from your current role. It could be the right time to try something new, a better salary elsewhere or just being in need of a break. Whatever the reason, this blog can help you resign in a way that will reflect well on you.

7 Tips and Reminders for Resigning

#1 Be certain about your decision

Once you have resigned and let your boss know you are intending to leave, there is no going back. Take the time to think through your options and the outcomes - if there is a specific reason that you want to leave, have you explored all the options that could resolve the problem? Or if you are seeking out a new challenge, is there scope for development within your existing company if you were to bring your concerns to your boss’s attention?

#2 Organise a meeting with your manager

If you want to maintain ties with your employer, it’s always a good idea to arrange a face-to-face meeting with them, rather than delivering an impersonal resignation letter. Think through what you are going to say ahead of the meeting, make notes if you need and stick to it.

#3 Be positive

You’ve made the decision to leave the company, so it is more than likely that you have got a few issues with the place, these can be shared in an exit interview if so. Focus on the positives about your time working for the firm, the development opportunities and what you enjoyed.

#4 Expect a reaction

It’s highly unlikely that your boss is expecting you to quit your job - and even if they are, they probably won’t be happy about it - you should be prepared for their reaction. The news may come as a shock to them and they may become emotional. Try to remain calm and composed and end the meeting on a good note.

#5 Stick to your guns

If you have become a valued member of the team over the time you have worked with the company, chances are that your boss will be disappointed to see you go, so they may try to make you change your mind. If you are 100% sure that you want to leave, stick to your guns and politely let them know that your mind is made up. Unless of course they offer you an attractive alternative that would be foolish to turn down, in which case now is your time to negotiate!

#6 Commit to your notice period

Most employment contracts will state that you must work a notice period upon resigning from your role, so that your employer has time to prepare for your departure. Though some employers are willing to let you off of your notice period, or may even want you to leave straight away, it is important that you show that you are willing to see out your notice period and do everything you can to help with the transition.

#7 Put it in writing

Now that you have let your boss know your intentions, you should put it in writing to make it official. In your resignation letter you must include your name, date, your boss’s details, notice of termination of employment, the date you will be leaving and finally, your signature. If there is anything else you would like to include, that you may have missed out when speaking to your manager in person you can add it to your letter. Just keep it positive!

We hope that helps with your resignation, and if you have any other tips to add please leave them in the comments!