10 Ways To Resign With Professionalism And Pride From Your Job

Perhaps you enjoyed your job and are preparing to leave it. Or perhaps you despised every moment and were counting down the days until you could walk out the door for the last time.

Client frequently report being apprehensive about announcing their leaving. They are concerned that the boss may become enraged. They are resentful of the task they are abandoning. Someone else might have to pick up the slack for a while.

Clients also worry about how to gracefully depart while yet protecting their long-term job objectives. They believe their departing style will have a long-term impact on their careers.

They’re correct.

Here are some pointers to help you transition to your next position with grace and charm:

1. Follow your company’s written policy about the amount of notice required.

My clients occasionally feel terrible for their former coworkers. As a result, they stay an extra week (or even an extra month). They’ll eventually feel like a sixth wheel. “Next time, I’m leaving right away!” nearly everyone exclaims.

2. Unless you have a signed consulting arrangement, do not accept any job-related calls from your firm after you depart.

Your supervisor asked for two weeks’ notice, but she afterward realized she needed four weeks to ensure a smooth transfer to your replacement.

Your boss made a business decision to request two weeks’ notice before leaving. When she makes a mistake, she must accept the consequences, just as she would accept the consequences of late payments to a supplier.

Offer to serve as a paid consultant with a contract if your organization requires further assistance. But make sure everything is written and that your new career is your first priority.

3. Research your company’s present and future rules on disclosures and non-compete agreements.

Some businesses are particularly protective of their processes and employees. You may be required to leave the workplace immediately after resigning. Alternatively, your new employer may ask you not to work for your old one, even if only part-time.

4. If at all feasible, give your supervisor your resignation in person.

The second best is a phone. And inform the boss first, before telling anyone else, including your best friend or golfing partner.

5. Expect your supervisor to conduct himself in a professional manner.

Clients frequently worry about how their supervisor may react. Bosses, on the other hand, are rarely caught off guard. Good managers are pleased to see their workers progress. Thank her for providing you with the opportunity to learn, which has led to your most recent and exciting job move.

6. Express gratitude to your boss and coworkers, even if you despise them all and can’t wait to go.

You might remember them warmly through a veil of memories rather than through the brightness of office lighting. They may be found at conventions and networking events. And you’ll almost certainly profit from great recommendations and goodwill.

7. If a counter-offer is made, politely decline it.

“Those who accept a counter-offer will be gone in six months,” recruiters routinely tell me. Obtain a documented job contract if you wish to stay.

Exception: Some firms and sectors need verification of an outside offer before granting you an internal promotion or award. This is a common workplace for college instructors.

8. Treat the exit interview as if it were a business meeting rather than a counseling session.

Be optimistic and positive when a Human Resource expert asks why you’re leaving: “for a better opportunity.” Talk about how much you enjoyed working for the company and how much you enjoyed your job. You never know where your words will be twisted and misinterpreted.

9. Refuse to divulge any information about your future job to anyone.

Occasionally, a coworker will attempt to evaluate your pay or other information “so that we can remain competitive in recruiting.” It’s not your responsibility to help your company recruit, and do you truly think that?


Even close pals in the company should keep the details of your prospective employment a secret.

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