How To Resign Gracefully
Congratulations! You've landed the job! Now you're faced with the delicate challenge of resigning from your current employer without burning bridges. The first impression you make on a new job is important, but so is your last one. Both you and your current employer have invested a lot to make you successful in your present position. Be mindful that as excited as you are about what lies ahead, your current employer deserves certain considerations with regard to your departure. How you handle your resignation can make a big difference.
It is expected that professionals in permanent positions, over time, will find new opportunities to advance their careers. Leaving your current job to accept a new position can be a stressful experience for you and current employer.
With so many unknowns and new experiences ahead, you need some tried and true approaches for making the transition as smooth as possible. Keep in mind that your employer may not be happy to hear the news of your departure. How you leave says a lot about you, whatever the circumstances. The process of leaving isn't about packing a box and moving to a new place. It's about cementing relationships and establishing a network that will ensure you a place in your chosen field.
Keep the following in mind
Remember, you'll want to use your current employer as a reference sometime in the future. For that reason, it's important that you conduct yourself in a professional, determined manner.
Communicating your resignation
There are two steps to the resignation process: Submitting a letter of resignation and telling your employer that you are resigning. In both of these steps, you must maintain a professional tone and posture while communicating your decision.
After writing a letter of resignation, you will make an appointment with your manager to respectfully explain your decision. Your manager needs to hear that your decision is firm and final, and that you are committed to your new employer. Express appreciation for the opportunities your former employer has provided. Be careful not to get lured into any discussions other than your resignation.
Writing a Resignation Letter
A resignation is official once you write, sign and submit a resignation letter, and take it with you when you meet with your manager to resign. Address it to your immediate manager and include the date of your last day on the job. View samples of effective resignation letters.
Starting over is part of career advancement in today's workplace. Successfully ending the final chapter of one job will give you a good start in the first chapter of a new one.