It happens to the best of us, a job loses
its sparkle, you no longer feel challenged enough, you lost out on a promotion
and there won’t be another one available for at least another year, you’re
having trouble with your manager, your teammates are creating a nasty vibe…
Whatever the reason, if you feel it’s time to resign, then resign.
But don’t burn your bridges.
We know – sometimes you might feel so
frustrated that you wish you could march into your boss’s office, throw a stack
of papers in the air and yell, “I quit!” But keep your temper in check because
resigning from your job can be the perfect opportunity to show what you’re made
of and strengthen your industry reputation. Here’s what you should know about
1. Plan your exit
In the same way that you worked hard to impress
your boss during the interview that got you the job offer, it’s important to
create a great impression when you’re ready to leave. Know that this is exactly
what you want and be graceful about your resignation. Don’t act like a prisoner
who’s about to get out on parole. Take note of the following points…
2. Make sure your boss is the first to
The minute you decide to quit and whisper it to
your colleague in the lunch queue, that gossip is going to spread like
wildfire. Your boss may be one of the last people to find out, but when this
happens, it will be a clear sign of disrespect and/or that you have something
to hide. Do the right thing and tell them first. This is a small gesture, but
it will go a long way to maintain their respect for you.
3. Communicate your resignation
Draft a resignation letter that is neat and to the
point, letting your boss know that you are resigning and why (again, be very
diplomatic and take responsibility for your decision), and when your final day
of work will be. Make sure you understand your employment conditions – whether
you need to provide a calendar month, two weeks, four weeks, or whether your
company will allow you to leave immediately. Factor this into the information
you provide in your resignation letter. Hand this letter to your boss directly,
but personally state your desire to resign. Again, this sign of respect goes a
lot further than slipping the letter onto their desk and simply walking away.
4. Be diplomatic when telling your boss
why you’re leaving
Whether you just can’t stand your colleagues
anymore or you disagree with your boss’s management style, you don’t like the
volume of after-hours work, or you feel your salary is too low, don’t make your
decision to leave, the company’s fault. Explain to your boss that you feel
you’re more suited to a different environment, you’d like more of a challenge
(be very careful with this one), or you’d like to pursue a different line of
work. However, don’t lie about your reasons. People in the industry are closely
connected to one another and they will talk – just make sure that when they
talk about you, it’s for the right reasons.
5. Don’t leave in chaos
There will always be a strategic time to leave your
job… and that’s not in the middle of a critical project in which you play a
major role. Even if it’s the last thing you do for the company, ensure that you
make for a smooth transition between your presence and your absence. If there’s
someone to fill your position when you leave, offer to train them up during
your notice period.
If you’ve resigned recently, tell us about
how you did it and how your boss reacted.
If you are thinking it's time to find a new job,
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vacancies, which include Finance jobs, IT jobs, Engineering jobs, Supply Chain
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