Resigning with style
Resigning from a job is a big deal. Just like most things in life, there is a right way and wrong way to do it. Here is Skillset’s checklist for resigning from your job and retaining your integrity and reputation along the way!
Always resign to your manager
Even though it may be a confronting thing to do, the best approach is to resign face to face with your manager. Therefore, make a time to speak to him/her to deliver the news. Keep the meeting upbeat and give your manager the opportunity to ask any questions. If you are very unhappy with your job and that is your reason for leaving, then remain calm and be as constructive as you can without being overly critical. Use the meeting to discuss your notice period, including agreeing how your remaining time will be spent and how your resignation will be communicated to your colleagues.
Put it in writing
In addition to meeting with your manager, you should also provide a letter to your manager which states you are resigning from your role. This letter should detail what notice period you will provide (check your employment contract) and ideally, reflect on the positive experiences you have had whilst at the organisation and thank the organisation for the opportunity to work with them. This letter should be provided to your manager at your face to face meeting, or shortly thereafter.
Maintain a good work ethic
Even though you will be leaving the organisation, it is important to keep working your regular hours and to maintain interest in your job. This includes working through your notice period, unless your employer would prefer you to leave earlier for commercial reasons – for example, if you are going to work for a competitor.
It is important to remember that continuing to work in a positive manner after your resignation will safeguard your reputation as a valuable and principled employee. You never know what the future might hold – you may need to ask this employer or your manager to be a referee for another job opportunity down the track. As a result, doing the right thing now may provide benefits later on!
Build your network
Before you leave your job, take the time to connect with your colleagues as a way of building your professional network. If you feel comfortable, ask for their contact details and/or invite them to be part of your professional network on LinkedIn. Developing your network is part of having a successful and interesting career and may assist with increasing your industry knowledge and accessing future opportunities over time.
Prepare a handover for the next person
Before you leave, make sure you develop a comprehensive handover for the next person in your role. The handover could include what your day to day job looks like, what your key responsibilities are and crucially, what essential documents/equipment you use in your role and where these are located. In most cases, this information is in your head and needs to be written down so it can be read and referred to by the next person in your position. Importantly, any handover document should be developed in consultation with your manager to make sure it is both relevant and useful.
If you are considered a valuable employee, it is likely your manager will hold some kind of morning or afternoon tea, or presentation, to say goodbye to you. If you are given the opportunity to say some parting words, it is best to be polite, thank the people who worked with you and reflect positively on your experiences at the organisation. Remember to keep those bridges in tact!
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