You just accepted a job offer and are ready to move onto the next chapter in your career. As you make the transition from old to new it is important to maintain professionalism at all times. Don’t make the mistake of turning your resignation into a blast fest only to regret it later on. Here are some steps to make your resignation a class act.
1. Notify your boss in person. Unless you work remotely, schedule a face – to – face meeting to inform your boss of your departure. If you work remotely schedule a phone or Skype call. No one wants to be notified via email. It is simply impersonal and unprofessional. Always follow up your meeting with a formal written resignation letter. HR will require it to process your termination and provide you with your final paycheck and any unused vacation.
2. Give plenty of notice. Provide a minimum of two weeks notice. If you are in a highly specialized (one of kind) position give more notice if possible. You might be the only one with the knowledge base to do your job so factor this in when you give notice. While your new company may push you to start sooner they will appreciate how you handle the transition. After all, they will be the recipient of your actions when you give notice the next time.
3. Be productive to the end. It’s tempting to come down with ‘short timer’s disease’ your last few weeks at work but don’t do it. Continue to contribute to your team. Be proactive and help your boss transfer your projects to co-workers to insure a smooth transition.
4. Less said the better. You will get asked why you are leaving. Keep your responses general – better opportunity, shorter commute, etc. Avoid any complaints about your job, your boss, the company or colleagues.
5. Don’t burn bridges. Your boss or former co –workers could very well become references, clients or customers in the future. I knew of a woman who blasted her former boss only to find out she needed a reference from him for another opportunity. It’s a small world out there. If you have nothing good to say, don’t say anything at all.
6. Save your venting for the pub. If you need to blow off steam about your former employer do it with friends or family over a beer. Better yet, write your complaints down on paper and throw it in the trash. This can be a very therapeutic exercise.