Changing jobs is a normal part of the career path. Nonetheless, resigning can feel awkward and uncomfortable und feel a lot like a break up - and in a lot of ways it is. So just like in a break up, consider how to do it in order to not hurt anyone's feelings and so that maybe you can stay friends - or at least acquaintances - afterwards. Here are some tips fora tactful resignation.
Never give notice before you have signed the contract with your new employer and have a fixed start date at the new company. Also check whether your employment contract contains a post-contractual non-competition clause that could stand in the way of your new employment contract.
Withhold your cancellation until you have received any outstanding commission payments and other special compensation. This will help you avoid legal disputes.
Think about which data on your current job you would like to use in the future. This could include:
But remember, some of this information may be confidential and you will not be allowed to use, therefore keep the corporate policies in mind.
Make sure you create a smooth process for leaving, this will leave a good impression and you will be remembered as diligent and thoughtful. Though one person may be your main contact for handing over tasks, ensure you create a comprehensive document with all the relevant information. This may include a summary of your current tasks, their status and future actions which need to be taken, including personal notes on how to deal with certain clients. Furthermore compile a list of important contact persons outside the company or perhaps even facilitate the contact between a colleague and external partners.
It is a matter of courtesy that you first inform your superior of your termination. Seek a personal conversation and explain your objective reasons in a polite and genuine manner. In doing so, you should look ahead and emphasize the opportunities the new position offers you rather than discussing the shortcomings of the current positions. Last but not least, it is always important to address your own awareness of a good transition.
A resignation letter is oftentimes a legal requirement to have your decision and date thereof in writing. Use this opportunity to thank your manager and reference some positive aspects of your job or the team. This will leave a good impression, and you will seem gracious and professional in your departure.
If you have done a stellar job, your supervisor may well make a counteroffer to pursued you not to leave. Being tempted is not a bad sign, but ensure that you always have your future career in mind, rather than just the pay raise. Think about this possibility even before the termination, so that you can then act consistently.
Talk to your supervisor about this, in order to leave according to his wishes. This is an important situation for him as team leader. Make sure to stick to the same professional story.
If you had a good relationship with some of your team members you may divulge some more information privately and after you have left, but always remain courteous and do not disagree outright with the initial story.
On your last day, take the time to send an e-mail to all your colleagues to say goodbye. Depending on the communication channel, this can of course also be a mail in an internal company group. The important thing is: this is your opportunity to create good atmosphere for the farewell.
Add your former colleagues to your network of professional contacts and stay in touch. You never know when it may come in handy to have some inside information from people who have worked alongside you for a long time.