DON’T BURN BRIDGES! 8 Tips for a professional resignation

8 Tips for professional resignation

Chatting to clients this week, I’ve heard a couple of pretty awful resignation stories!  So here are some tips to help you leave on a professional note:

  1. Give your employer a chance

If you’re great at what you do – your employer won’t want to lose you. If you’re leaving for reasons like lack of career progression, more money or tricky working hours, before you start your job hunt – consider checking in with them as to future opportunities, a pay rise or flexibility.  (Later, when you resign they’ll appreciate that you gave them the chance to keep you)

  1. Resign in person – don’t be tempted to text or email a resignation

Resign in person if possible or over the phone or skype if you work remotely.  Follow your resignation with a formal resignation letter or email. (It’s a respect thing!)

  1. Write a good resignation letter

Thank your employer for the opportunity to have worked with them and make sure  the dates of your departure are accurate

  1. Give a fair notice period and prepare a great handover

Plan a great handover, offer to train your colleagues or a new person. Tie up loose ends wherever possible and ensure that people taking on your responsibilities or projects are well informed. (Nobody wants to be left with a mess!)

  1. Don’t’ be thrown off guard when they give you reasons to stay!

Be prepared for a counter offer – don’t be surprised if your company offer you all sorts of reasons to stay – more money, a promotion, a guilt trip.  They probably will – it happens all the time. Before you resign be clear on your reasons for leaving.

  1. Agree on when and what to tell your team and customers

Talk to your manager about next steps – timing and consistency are key! In the best interests of the business – agree on when, who and what you will tell your colleagues and clients.

  1. Stay professional to the very end! – you’ll need a reference

Most future employers will require a reference from the role you are in.  Make sure you leave a good impression and stay in touch from time to time. (It’s a really small market, people talk, the truth always emerges)

  1. Be mindful of what you say after you leave

There is a difference between speaking honestly and professionally about your reasons for leaving and venting. No matter how tempting – don’t get on a rant and speak badly of your last employer.

  1. Get social!

Remember to update your LinkedIn and other social platform profiles.

 

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