Make a firm commitment to yourself to quit.
that you are ending a business relationship. In addition to verbally
informing your immediate supervisor of your intent to leave, your
resignation should be in writing.
employer appropriate notice. Unless you have a contract that specifies
otherwise, two weeks notice is considered the gold standard.
apologetic. Accepting a new opportunity is something worth celebrating,
not feeling bad about.
the urge to bargain. Counteroffers are usually desperate attempts
by management to maintain the status quo. No matter how tempting
it may be to remain in your current position, keep reminding yourself
of the reasons that you want to leave.
your new employment opportunity at length with your present employer
or coworkers. Simply state that you have been presented with an
opportunity that better meets your needs and career goals.
of your coworkers' reactions. Your resignation may evoke feelings
of fear or uncertainty in your colleagues. Try to keep your conversations
with those around you lighthearted and positive.
your current employer. Once you have resigned, it may be tempting
to give your employer a piece of your mind, especially if you are
leaving under less than desirable circumstances. However, doing
so may jeopardize your career at some point in the future. Therefore,
it is advisable to remain polite and positive at all times.
and willing to assist your employer in making your departure as
smooth as possible.
participate in an exit interview, offer constructive work-related
criticisms only. Never personally attack a supervisor or coworker
The Resignation Letter
Your letter of resignation should be short and sweet.
Remember that it will be on file for years to come, therefore,
make sure that is concise and to the point. You will want to address
it to your immediate supervisor and to include today's date, your
intent to leave and your final departure date. If you wish to
do so, it may be appropriate to offer words of praise or thanks
to your present employer. It is not necessary to apologize, nor
is it necessary to offer your rationale for leaving. Finally,
don't forget to sign it!!