Resign with Grace
your career may depend on it
The impression you leave during your resignation process can have a significant
impact on your future recommendations. In this age of mergers and emails, the
business community is getting smaller and more connected everyday. Negative
impressions can easily be passed through the grapevine. Your boss today may
be your vendor tomorrow.
Resign only after receiving and accepting a written job offer
- If you are job hunting while still employed,
keep it quiet:
- Only in rare cases should you tell your boss:
- when you both agree that the company holds no future for
- when you are moving to and seeking a job in another city.
- Arrange interviews during lunch, or before or
- Check if your company has regulations specifying
how much notice is required.
- Prepare a letter of resignation:
- explain your reason for leaving.
- suggest a termination date.
- express appreciation to your boss and the company for the help and opportunities
you have received.
- Arrange a meeting with your supervisor when you
have decided on the date you will leave.
- Verbally inform him/her of your decision and
present your letter of resignation.
- Providing a two-week notice is preferred, executives
may need to provide a month in which to find a replacement.
You may be asked to help interview replacement candidates, usually alongside
a company executive. Do so with a positive attitude, no matter what your reason
for leaving. Keep your statements short and positive.
How to resign
- Don't use a job offer as a means of manipulating your employer
into giving you a raise.
- Don't speak against the company you are leaving, either within
it or outside. Don't burn your bridges behind you. You never know when you'll
need to be in touch with your former employer so don't burn your bridges
- Don't brag about your new job to your coworkers.
- Don't let your job performance slide; continue to be cooperative
- Don't tell company secrets after you leave.
- These suggestions will help ensure a smooth departure and positive recommendations.
Sample Letter of Resignation
January 1, 2001
Ms. Jane Doe
123 Main Street
Anywhere, GA 30001
Dear Ms. Doe:
I have accepted an offer with another firm and have decided to tender my resignation
effective today, with my final day being Friday, January 12, 2001. It has been
a pleasure working with you, and representing ABC as your Accounting Manager.
I thank you for all you have done for me.
Please contact me at any time if I can be of any assistance in helping with
a smooth transition.