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Resigning from your job

Practical tips for a good exit

Resigning from a job is a significant step in your career, and it's important to do so professionally and gracefully. Here is some advice for handing in your resignation:

1. **Plan and Prepare:**

- Before resigning, make sure you have a new job offer in writing or a clear plan for what you'll do next. It's typically easier to find a new job while you're still employed.

- Review your employment contract and company policies to understand the notice period and any other requirements related to resigning.

2. **Choose the Right Time and Place:**

- Schedule a meeting with your Line Manager to discuss your resignation in person. This is a respectful way to handle the situation.

- Select a time that is convenient for both you and your supervisor, and ensure you have a private space for the conversation.

3. **Prepare a Resignation Letter:**

- Alongside the in-person conversation, it's customary to provide a formal resignation letter. Your letter should be brief and to the point, stating your intention to resign, the last working day, and a polite thank-you for the opportunity.

   4. **Be Professional and Positive:**

- During the conversation and in your resignation letter, maintain a professional and positive tone. Avoid negative comments about the company or your colleagues.

- Express gratitude for the opportunities and experiences you've had in the role.

5. **Offer Adequate Notice:**

- Follow the notice period stipulated in your contract, and be prepared to assist with a smooth transition during this time.

- If your notice period is relatively short, make sure you have a plan to wrap up your current projects and responsibilities.

6. **Discuss Transition:**

- Be prepared to discuss how you will help with the transition. This may include training a replacement or providing information on your projects and responsibilities.

7. **Maintain Professionalism Until the End:**

- Continue to perform your duties to the best of your ability during your notice period. Your professionalism will be noticed and appreciated.

8. **Handle Exit Interviews Thoughtfully:**

- If your company conducts an exit interview, be honest but constructive in your feedback. Highlight positive aspects and offer suggestions for improvement.

9. **Say Goodbye Gracefully:**

- On your last day, say goodbye to colleagues and express your appreciation for working with them. Exchange contact information if you wish to stay in touch.

10. **Stay Connected:**

- Keep a positive relationship with your former colleagues and employer. Networking can be valuable in the future, and you may cross paths with them again.

Resigning from a job is a personal decision, and while it can be a difficult process, handling it with professionalism and courtesy will leave a lasting positive impression on your employer and colleagues.

We will follow up from this post with "what if you're counter-offered, which can be flattering, unwelcomed, frustrating and a whole lot of other emotions"