Do These 6 Things Before You Resign

Deciding to resign from your current job and handing in a resignation letter can cause both excitement and anxiety. While you may feel in your heart that it is the right time, you may have a sense of worry; did I sound professional in my letter? Did I include everything in there that should be in there? Will they be upset with me?

Here are 6 things to do to ensure the process of handing in your resignation letter goes well for everyone:

  1. Make sure you are absolutely certain this is the right thing to do. Don’t make any decision because of one bad day. Handing in a resignation letter without putting enough thought into why you are leaving, and doing it while emotions are high means things can only end badly.
  2. Don’t only resign verbally. You definitely want to set up an in-person meeting when resigning from a job, but have a physical resignation letter to give them as well to avoid any ‘he said’, ‘she said’ situations. Be as detailed as possible in your letter.
  3. Unless it comes as no surprise to anyone, your employer will most likely have a few questions to ask you. Be prepared for what those might be and what your answers will be.
  4. In the case that your employer does not accept your resignation easily, be prepared to handle negotiations. They may want to keep you and be willing to fix any and all issues you were having during your term of employment.
  5. Don’t go around the office telling everyone you will be resigning before you tell your boss. Words get around, and you do not want your boss finding out from your fellow employees. This will leave a sour taste in their mouth, and you want to ensure you can use them as a reference in the future.

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