How to Resign From a Job – 13 Tips on How to Do it Right

Do you know how to resign from a job and do it the right way? Over the years I have seen some great candidates handle the transition in a very bad way. They made huge errors, mistakes in judgment, and burned bridges when they did not have to. My hope is that you will read this article. Take the tips provided into consideration for the next time you have to resign from a job.

While the process seems simple enough, many candidates have stuggled with the transistion. It is always way more emotional than they had previously thought that it was. Co-workers begin to sulk and wish you would change your mind. Supervisors begin to tell you just how valuable you are to the organization.

Doubt can begin to set in so thick that you forget exactly why you wanted to leave in the first place. Knowing how to handle these emotions going in, can help you to retain the logic that you so desperately need.

How to Resign From a Job

Here are 13 tips that you can use to make a successful job transition.

  • how to resign from a jobWrite Down on paper the exact reason you want to leave – If you have thought through why you want to leave and it has remained constant over a period of time, then you need to stick with that decision. It is the right move for you. Write it down, circle it, and when you begin to doubt if you are making the right decision, go look at the paper and your main reason for leaving.
  • Manage your emotions from the beginning – Know going into the resignation that some people are not going to be happy with your decision, it may even hurt people that you do care for, expect there to be an emotional element.
  • Be aware of any non-compete issues – Before you make any kind of move, make certain that there will not be in legal issues between you and the new company. It could be a nightmare for you if you do not do your due delignece ahead of time.
  • Try not to give more than a 2 weeks notice – A 2 week notice is what is expected in most cases. The last thing you want to do is upset your new employer after they feel good about the decision they made to hire you. A typical resignation has a two week notice attached.
  • Do not show too much loyalty to current employer – It is great that you want to be loyal to your current employer, and you should be responsible not to leave things in a mess. Still, red flags begin to go up when the new employer is sensing that you are giving more loyalty to your current employer by giving a 3-4 week notice. Never delay your start date.
  • Put your resignation on paper – A resignation letter ought to be kind but state the facts. Leave no wiggle room that you are going to change your mind. Show them in writing that you are definitely moving on.
  • Do not entertain a counter offer – Accepting a counter offer is bad. I have never seen a candidate accept a counter offer and they were still employed by that same company a year later. You have already shown your “disloyalty card” whether you like it or not.
  • Do not tell them too many details about your new opportunity – The more you share, the more they can use against you to convince you to stay.
  • Tell your direct supervisor before co-workers – Do things right and be sure your boss hears the news of your resignation from you in person.
  • Protect your personal branding online – if you are on Twitter, Facebook or Linkedin be careful about what you say. It could come back to haunt you if you are not careful.
  • Keep your conversations positive at all costs – Never bring anything negative into the conversation, you never know when what you say could be held against you at some point. Stay positive.
  • Ask for a letter of recommendation – Go ahead and ask for a letter of recommendation. Get it in writing before you leave. It is always much more difficult to get that after you have left.
  • Do not burn any bridges – Be sure that you have a long term vision for your future. One of your current co-workers, might be hiring for a job you want in 10 years. People who burn bridges always end up getting isolated along the way.

That is how to resign from a job. All of those components above are necessary in order for you to be a long-lasting, successful career. Use the tips above like a checklist as you make your next transition to your new job.

    Jonathan has been blogging since 2009 and is still in awe that the Creator of the Universe desires to have a relationship with him. His passions include spending time with his kids, reading, March Madness, surprise get-a-way trips with his wife, and watching funny YouTube videos.

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