Resignation Letters Dos and Donts
Are you preparing to resign from your current job? I recently talked to dr. Randall Hanson, founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development websites on the Internet, spoke for advice on how best to step down from a job.
According to Hanson, a notice of termination documents your last working day, but also eliminates the possibility of misunderstandings that may occur in the event of an employee’s verbal resignation. The termination letter gives you the opportunity to highlight some of your most important achievements, and it can solidify relationships (and even a reference) to the boss. As Hanson notes, “You never want to end things on bad terms, because the word can easily get around.”
To ensure a dignified and professional resignation, Hansen recommends the following:
Do you know how to gracefully and professionally quit your job?
Do not be surprised. Prepare for withdrawal by removing all personal items and files from your office and computer if your employer asks you to leave the office once you have submitted your resignation.
Make the transition as easy and smooth as possible. And offer to find and / or train your replacement. But do not make promises you can not or will not keep.
Do not make statements or express opinions that you might regret later. Remember the old adage: If you have nothing good to say, do not say anything.
Be sure and inform your current employer.
Do not burn bridges.
Set off with your employees and supervisors.
If necessary, conduct the exit interview with your current employer. But do not say anything negative about your supervisor or employees during the interview, no matter how tempting you are.
Do not disappear during your last working weeks.
Stay a productive member of the team.
Make sure you receive all of your saved rewards and benefits, including bonus checks and unused vacation time, personal days, etc.
Do not consider a counter offer unless you are sure that it is a better deal for you. Studies show that a high percentage of workers leave the employer within one year of receiving a counter-offer.
Make a plan to keep in touch with important employees, friends and mentors. Keep your network strong.
Do not feel guilty about it. It may be difficult to leave the company, but focus on the fact that you are leaving the company for a greater career opportunity. And do not brag about this great opportunity.
Do your best to complete all the important tasks. Leave your supervisor and / or successor a detailed progress report.
Be prepared for some employers to overreact to your resignation. Some employers immediately dismiss workers who have been dismissed.
Write a professional letter or a memo. See these patterns for termination letters.
You do not feel that you need to tell your current employer a reason to leave your job, but you must politely thank the employer for the opportunity to work there.
Send your letter of cancellation with a copy to the HR department to your immediate supervisor.
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