How to Properly Resign from Your Job to Start a New Career
It’s exciting to be starting a new job! You’re moving and grooving in your career, and on to a brand new adventure! But when you’re leaving an old job behind, you need to let your boss know what’s happening. To do the right thing, just follow some Rules of Resignation Etiquette.
The key here is professional. Whether you’re on good or bad terms with the company you’re leaving, always take the high road with these five job resignation tips:
1) Keep it as positive as possible.
Translation: don’t burn bridges. You simply never know when you may run into your boss or coworkers down the road. People move around in their careers, and you could end up working with just about anyone in the future—so when you leave your current company, don’t say or do anything you’ll regret. Businesses change, too, so if you’re quitting because there’s an aspect of the company you don’t like, who knows? Policies are revamped, a position could open up, and maybe someday you’ll want to come back. It happens more than you’d think.
2) Tell your boss first.
It would be awkward for him or her to hear it through the grapevine. Your boss should be first to know and tell them in person, if possible. This is the easiest way to have a genuine conversation, thank them for the experience. If you can’t meet in person, tell them over the phone. You should act just as professional during your resignation as you did during your job interview.
3) Offer adequate notice.
If you’re leaving for a competitor, your boss may have a policy requiring you to leave immediately without notice—but that is up to the discretion of your boss. Industry standard is two weeks’ notice, and it’s common courtesy to offer this so management has time to make arrangements for a replacement. Offer to work for the full two weeks to stay in everyone’s good graces. You will want to use this job on your professional resume, so it’s essential to maintain good relationships with former employers.
4) Formulate a potential plan for coverage.
You’ll need to transition your work to coworkers, and your boss may need to hire a replacement. You can make his or her job easier by thinking about who would be the best candidate to handle your current responsibilities to help them avoid a long and grueling job search. You can also create process documents that explain how to do your work if it’s complicated or includes multiple steps. It’s the professional (and considerate) thing to do.
5) Keep in touch.
This is what networking is all about! Connect on LinkedIn or Facebook and drop your past coworkers and boss a line once in a while. They may be on the lookout for new job opportunities, and maybe someday you will, too! Your professional web can never be too broad. Maintaining a positive social media presence is vital for networking. Keep your network active and strong!
It’s a great big, wonderful Recruiting world!
Recruitment is continually evolving, and career opportunities open up every day! Be respectful of your boss and coworkers when it’s time to move on, and they will do the same for you.
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