You should always aim to deliver this news in a professional manner. Before you hand in that letter to your employer, consider the following tips:
Why are you resigning?
If you have reached the point where you've decided to resign, step back for a moment and consider your reasons.
Sometimes people will hand in their notice because they are having issues with fellow staff or management. However, if you address these issues, it's often possible to continue in your role. Before you walk out, request a meeting with your manager to discuss the issue or contact your recruitment agency for some peer mediation and advice.
Lack of Promotion
If you are seeking to further your career with your current employer, consider requesting a promotion at your current place of work. If there is a more senior role open, ask to discuss the details. If you are denied, ask your manager what is explicitly required for the role, and outline precisely what you need to do in order to make you eligible for consideration.
You may simply have to prove that you are capable of the increased responsibility, though be prepared to deliver on these expectations. Your manager may also request a timeline for these increased responsibilities.
Disinterest in the Role
Of course, you may simply be no longer interested in the role you have chosen. Before you take the step to resign, think about what it is that makes you unhappy in your current position. What do you want from your career? Knowing these points will help you structure your search for the next job.
How are you resigning?
If you have decided that leaving your current role is definitely the right move, make sure you resign correctly.
Write It Down
You should always deliver a formatted and printed letter of resignation personally, rather than telling your manager verbally. Emails are acceptable, though you need to make sure your message is sent to the correct contact and you follow up to ensure it was delivered. This not only confirms the resignation legally, but it is also professional and shows respect.
Give Enough Notice
Giving your employer plenty of notice is essential before leaving your current role, even if your next job is asking you to start immediately. For casual staff, regardless of contract stipulations, one to two weeks is an acceptable standard, though you should always abide by your company's policy. New employers may put pressure on you to start sooner, but respecting your current employer's wishes will prove professionalism to both parties.
Don't Burn Bridges
It can be tempting to check out and become disengaged in your job while you're waiting out your notice period but think about the future. This employer may have new opportunities that you will wish to be a part of in the future, so you don't want to burn any bridges during your exit. Even if you never work for this employer again, word carries throughout the industry and you may find yourself struggling to get hired elsewhere.
Furthermore, you will probably want to use your employer as a reference in the future. And having a good reference could be the deciding factor between you and another candidate getting a job offer.
Whether you're seeking a change or looking to move up in the ranks, there may be a time when you need to resign. Managing the process correctly will ensure you remain a desirable candidate no matter where you choose to go in life.
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