If you are reading this then I can probably assume you have secured yourself a new role, so for that I congratulate you! You may have thought that getting the role was the tough bit and for most part that would be correct, however there is that one last dreaded hurdle which is the resignation.
Now for some this may be the easy bit as they have not enjoyed themselves within their role and can not wait to get out the front door, however for the majority this is a significant step as the current employer may have been particularly good and you have developed an emotional attachment to the company and people.
The aim of what I am about to tell you is to get you mentally prepared for clearing the final hurdle and making it across the finish line.
- Prepare your resignation: Make sure you have a good idea or plan in your mind of how you will resign. It is essential that you bring with you your signed and printed resignation letter which is fairly concise and to the point. My advice on resignation letters is give only the essential information as you can explain the rest face to face with your employer.
- Think carefully about your motives: With your resignation letter done, think about your reasons why you are leaving the company. This is going to be questioned without a doubt so think long and carefully about your motives. When actually discussing these it’s worth remembering that you should be tactful when explaining the reasons as you do not want to burn any bridges when leaving the company.
- Prepare for a counter offer: The next thought you should be prepared for is the potential of the counter offer. There is lots of advice on counter offers out there for you to look into, however what I can say is that if you have gotten this far, a few extra dollars will not cover over the reasons for wanting to leave.
- Leaving on a positive note: When finishing the conversation, remember to thank your soon to be ex-boss (even if they are the reason you’re leaving) and agree to a smooth hand over as that way you can walk out with your head held high and know that you conducted yourself in a professional manner.
Remember that this can be nerve wracking but if you practise it through in your head and prepare well it should go relatively smoothly.