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:
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)
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!)
Thank your employer for the opportunity to have worked with them and make sure the dates of your departure are accurate
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!)
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.
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.
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)
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.
Remember to update your LinkedIn and other social platform profiles.