This one’s a tricky one, whether you’ve been with a company for years or no time at all, the anxiety around quitting your job can be very real, especially when it comes to doing it the right way. How honest should you be? What notice should you give? Who do you approach first with the news?
Here are the best steps to take when resigning with grace, without stress and without burning bridges, including advice from our expert recruitment team.
Tell your boss first
No matter how tempted you may be to tell a co-worker, make sure there are no unwarranted circulating rumours by informing your manager or supervisor first. It’s best that they know the information before anyone else so that they can manage your news in a way that’s best for the company and team. Plus, it’s just respect to inform your superior from the get-go, since it’s likely that they’re the ones that hired you in the first place.
Write a resignation letter
Make sure your resignation is expressed in formal writing for company records, since this is the most professional way of communicating to your manager your decision to leave alongside an in-person discussion if possible. Not sure how to write a resignation letter? There's heaps of advice online, including this template.
Be as transparent as possible about your situation and reasons for quitting. You’ll leave with more authentic professional connections if you’re honest about your reasons for moving on, because telling a lie could come back to bite you. Whether it's because the new role offers a better salary, you're fed up with the lack of progression in your current role or you’re simply ready for a new challenge, honesty is really the best policy.
Always be thankful for the opportunities that you’ve been given, and express that to your employer, even if you’re pretty happy to be quitting. Leave a positive impression on your team so that if you work with the company again the future in a different capacity, you’ll be welcomed for your attitude and ethos.
Give the right amount of notice
Generally, it’s pretty bad etiquette to give any less than two weeks’ notice. But make sure to consult your contract to determine the notice you should be giving, which depending on the seniority of your role, could be anywhere between two weeks and six months. For most people, four weeks is the expected amount of time, but remember to consult with your manager so that you’re not leaving the company in the lurch.
Advice from an expert
Our Head of Permanent Talent Alanna Maxwell, who’s been working as a recruiter for over ten years, shares her wisdom:
“Always be prepared and take the time to write a resignation letter. Thank your employer for the opportunity and if you enjoyed working there don’t be afraid to say so. Expressing your gratitude will help ensure that you don’t sever connections. Give them the courtesy of determining your notice to give them plenty of time to begin sourcing someone else for the position.”
But what if you’re jumping ship early on? If you’ve only been with the company, say, three months and you’ve been head hunted for another role with better prospects that you’re keen to take on, how do you deliver this news?
Alanna says, “It’s never going to be easy to leave your job on these terms, and it’s understandable that your employer may feel disappointed or misled. All you can do is express how extremely lucky you had been in the first place to gain a position with them, and how this new role will boost your career. If it’s a life-changing opportunity, explain how it will fulfill your career goals and hope that they’ll understand.”
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