Quitting your job can be both exhilarating and terrifying; for most it’s the choice to leave a secure position and venture into the unknown. If you’re looking to hand in your resignation to pursue something different, there are a few important steps you’ll want to take to end things in the right way.
Notify your boss first
No one likes to be the last to know, if you’re feeling down in the dumps about work and feel like it’s affecting your mood, chances are your boss may have noticed. Try and avoid offloading to your colleagues and pencil in a meeting with your boss to discuss the issues your facing at work.
You never know how your employer will react when you resign from your job, so it’s important to be prepared. There’s a good chance you may work your full notice, however your employer may ask you to leave immediately in some circumstances, i.e. leaving to go to a competition. Be sure to organise your projects, clean up your business space, computer, and desk drawers before you resign.
Put your resignation in writing
It may seem easier and more convenient to make a phone call or type out a quick email, but the best way to hand in your notice is in the form of a letter. It should be brief and should include: a short explanation of why you are resigning, the date of your last day and a few kind words to express your gratitude. Although the job may not have been the job of your dreams, it’s a good idea to leave on a positive note!
The industry standard according to gov.co.uk states that you must give at least one weeks’ notice to your employer if you have been in your job for more than a month, however your employer may negotiate this in order to give them time to find a replacement or find cover staff for your current position. Giving notice is not only mindful of the company and their work procedures, but will also give you a chance to plan the next steps to take.
Once you’ve handed in your notice, avoid drifting from your usual duties as this is all logged in your employer’s memory bank. Remember your current employer is a potential job reference and continuing to work at your normal standard will demonstrate your great work ethic.
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