Resigning is never easy.
The way you resign from a job can impact your future career and relationships, so it’s important to resign in a way that doesn’t damage your career, reputation or personal brand.
What to do:
Provide as much notice as possible. Most likely your employer will appreciate any additional notice.
Resign to your direct manager, where possible.
Have a letter ready to go outlining your intention to resign, the reasoning, date of departure and thank them for the opportunity to have worked there. Keep it brief and to the point.
During your notice period, complete all projects and tasks to the best of your ability, go above and beyond by writing a solid handover for your manager.
Where possible, assist in training your replacement, don’t put a negative spin on things, they are excited about their new role – keep it that way.
Buy them a gift, thanking them for the time they put into yourself, remember, this once was the job of your dreams.
What not to do:
Don’t be negative about the company. Be technical, not emotional.
Don’t brag about your new position.
Don’t forget to say goodbye to your colleagues.
I’ll leave you with this…
Last impressions are just as important as first impressions.