Breakups are hard, but sometimes we have to do what’s best for ourselves and move on. I’m talking about leaving a job that no longer aligns with our interests and goals. Professional relationships, similarly to personal relationships, are ever-changing. As we develop new talents and learn new skill sets, sometimes we may outgrow our current positions, or we may come to realize our current organization is no longer a good fit for our long-term career goals.
Resignations are never easy, but here’s how to exit from a job while maintaining a positive, professional relationship.
First, you want to draft a well-written and concise resignation letter. A resignation letter’s purpose is to inform your employer that you are leaving. It is not meant to be an outlet for complaints or reasons as to why you have chosen to resign.
Your resignation letter should clearly state that you are leaving and when your last day will be. Always thank your employer for the opportunities they have given you, even if you are leaving on a less than pleasant note. You want to keep your departure as professional as possible to avoid burning bridges.
It is best to hand your supervisor your resignation letter in person rather than sending in an email. As they are reading it, explain to them that you have made a commitment to another company and will begin working there on a specific date. Communicate to them that you will be happy to assist during the transformation, and you would like to discuss the transfer of your duties.
While making these verbal statements may seem repetitive, it helps mentally solidify that your choice to leave is final, and you have already moved on. Be sure to give a copy of your resignation letter to your HR department as well.
Don’t let your supervisor pull you into a discussion of why you are leaving or what they can do to change your mind. This type of conversation will only lead to confusion, possibly hurt feelings and an overall unprofessional departure. If they try to delve into such topics, you can politely decline. Inform them that you would like to leave on a positive note, and you would appreciate it if they would respect your wishes.
Most organizations will accept your resignation letter and begin making arrangements to ease into your departure. However, sometimes your supervisor may present you with a counter-offer in an attempt to retain you due to your value. Check back soon for our next blog update on how to handle a counter-offer situation.
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