How to resign

How you handle your resignation has an impact on your career. Conforming to the correct etiquette can go a long way in ensuring confidence as your career develops; whereas approaching your resignation in the wrong way could be detrimental to your immediate future. After all, a good reference is not just valuable, but vital.

Making the right decision

  • What are the pros and cons of your present job? And the new one?
  • Have you pursued all avenues for advancement within your current firm?
  • Would you leave if you were offered more money or a promotion?
  • Think back to your motives for leaving in the first place. What made you unhappy? Are those issues likely to change?
  • Don't be swayed by comments from friends or family such as 'but you were so settled'.
  • Don't be put off by imagining people saying, 'it wouldn't be the same without you' or 'I had you in line for a promotion'.

Once you have made up your mind to resign, your most urgent task is to inform your manager.

Remember - in small doses, a touch of sentiment can go a long way.

However it plays out, you must realise that on the whole there will be no going back. Once you’ve quit you won’t be able to change your mind and it could mean you have to leave the office straight away – make sure you are prepared in case you are put on gardening leave with immediate effect.

If you need more guidance on how to resign then download our PDF on how to transition your career, or alternatively find your nearest office and get in touch with an expert consultant.

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