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The right way to resign

Aaron Serrhat
10/11/15

You've landed a new job and now the time has come to hand in your notice to your current employer. Resigning from a job isn’t always easy so its important to think about how to handle the process gracefully from telling your manger and your resignation letter through to your notice period and last day. Here are some tips on how to resign the right way:

1. Give the right amount of notice
If you have an employment contract that states how much notice you should give then you should abide by it, this could range from 1 week through to 3 months. Ideally you should give as much notice as possible this allows your employer some time to find a suitable replacement if needed. 

2. Do it gracefully
The formal way to resign is to write a letter and to tell your line manager that you’re leaving. In some cases you may find that you have to do it over the phone or via email if your manager isn’t in the office for a while, but the general rule of thumb is to do it face-to-face.

3. Write a good resignation letter
A resignation letter is the best way to maintain a positive relationship with your previous employer, while paving the way for you to move on professionally. 
You never know when you might need your old employer in the future – whether it’s for a reference or other information – so it pays to keep everything polished and professional. 

4. Talk to your boss

There’s no need to say much more to your manager than the fact you’re leaving. Emphasise the positives, talk about how the company has benefited you, consider what you’ve learnt but suggest it’s time to move on. You should also offer to help during the transition and afterwards. 
There’s no point in being negative because you’re leaving as it benefits everyone involved when someone is able to leave on good terms. 

5. Ask for a reference
Before you leave you should ask for a letter of recommendation from your manager. As time passes and people move on it can be difficult to keep track of previous employers in the IT industry. But, with a letter in hand you’ll have all the written documentation you need for future employers. 

6. Confirm your last day
It’s important that you confirm your last day at your current job to avoid any confusion. You can do this in your resignation letter, but also reiterate it when you tell your manager face-to-face as this ensures everyone is on the same page. 

Read our related blog: 10 steps to help you land the perfect job in IT

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