How to resign and keep it classy

Twenty Ten Talent - How to resign and keep it classy

If you’ve been job hunting forever and finally struck gold, the elation of accepting an offer is swiftly followed by the tricky part of planning your exit. There’s rarely a perfect time to tell your boss that you’re resigning, even if it’s something you’ve fantasized about for eternity.

Here are some steps you can take to be as professional as possible as you announce your exit.

1. Be 100% sure you want to quit
This sounds obvious, but if you’re not sure give yourself time to consider the decision before you say something you may regret.

2. Review your paperwork
Check your employment contract or employee handbook. These documents will clearly outline what your requirements are to your employer regarding notice.

3. Schedule a meeting with your supervisor
It’s advisable to let your supervisor know, when you set up the meeting, that you want to
discuss your position. That way your supervisor won’t be completely side-blinded. It’s also important to tell your supervisor first. There’s nothing worse than your boss hearing you’re about to peace out during a conversation at the watercooler.

4. Keep it classy
Remember to thank your supervisor for the opportunity you’ve had in your current role. Do this even if it feels like you’ve been trapped in the job from hell. Keep any emotions you may have to yourself and be professional. Remember you are likely to need a reference, now or in the future, from your supervisor so you want to do everything with good grace. Agree with your supervisor how best to notify anyone else you work with.

5. Put it in writing
Your resignation in writing confirming your last day and thank your employers for the opportunity. This is important. Don’t forget to do it in a genuine way.

6. Keep any announcements short and sweet
Work with your supervisor to determine the best timing and format for announcing your departure. They may want to take the lead. If there are people you work with that you want to tell personally, discuss this with your supervisor and get their buy-in to do so.

If you will be sending a group email announcement to people you’ve worked with don’t ramble, gloat, or say anything remotely inflammatory. Convey your appreciation for the opportunity to work with your team and your sadness to be leaving (even if you don’t really mean it…).

7. Don’t gossip
When people discover you are leaving you’re likely to be asked why, or for insights into what drove you to move on. Before you even announce you are quitting, think carefully about what is, and isn’t, appropriate to share in this scenario. If you loved your job say so. Positive reinforcement goes a long way. If you didn’t love your boss, or some of your team, or elements of your role it’s generally best to stick to the old saying “if you haven’t got anything great to say, don’t say anything at all.” Focus on what you did enjoy about the role and explain briefly why you’re moving on without throwing your team or the company under the bus.


Post by Octavia Goredema @OctaviaGoredema


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