How to re­sign

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Re­sign­ing is like break­ing up. But where you may not en­counter an ex-lover again, you will likely meet an ex-col­league in your ca­reer again some­day. Here’s how to do it with as lit­tle em­bar­rass­ment to your­self or your em­ployer.


It is re­mark­ably in­sult­ing to your em­ployer if you email or com­mu­ni­cate your de­ci­sion to re­sign in any other man­ner than face to face. It is also un­pro­fes­sional. Donʼt make the mis­take of an­ger­ing an em­ployer in this man­ner.


Itʼs es­sen­tial that you quit with a res­ig­na­tion let­ter. It should be writ­ten on proper com­pany let­ter­head as a for­mal let­ter. Keep it brief: Sim­ply state your de­ci­sion to leave and the rea­son for do­ing so, as well as your fi­nal date of no­tice and thank your boss for the op­por­tu­nity to work with him or her.


Your di­rect su­per­vi­sor is the per­son in charge of your per­for­mance anal­y­sis and re­views. Re­sign to him or her, and never go above your im­me­di­ate boss to his su­per­vi­sor. It sug­gests dis­re­spect. No mat­ter how dif­fi­cult a re­la­tion­ship you have with the per­son, itʼs a sign of re­spect to the of­fice.


Be log­i­cal about your res­ig­na­tion. If you have a job of­fer from else­where, let your em­ployer know. Such in­for­ma­tion trav­els swiftly and it makes you look like you ʼre try­ing to hide some­thing from the com­pany. If you de­cided to leave for per­sonal rea­sons, state that.


Help your boss make the tran­si­tion as seam­lessly as pos­si­ble without his or her ask­ing for it. De­tail your job out­line in a print­out, as well as any work that needs to be wrapped up dur­ing your pe­riod of no­tice. Of­fer to

help with the tran­si­tion and han­dover, ei­ther to a col­league that will be tak­ing over your role or to your boss, and pro­vide all com­mu­ni­ca­tions and con­tacts where ap­pro­pri­ate to make it as easy as pos­si­ble.


Find out if there are any le­gal con­cerns when it comes to res­ig­na­tion, or if there are any nondis­clo­sure agree­ments that you need to clear prior to leav­ing your job. This is to en­sure that there are no prob­lems if or when you join a new firm, and that your pre­vi­ous com­pany is aware of the agree­ments where con­flicts of in­ter­est may oc­cur.


If you are in a small com­pany, find the time to speak to your heads of de­part­ment or top man­age­ment in­di­vid­u­ally. If you work in a large cor­po­rate en­vi­ron­ment, send an email do­ing the same. Thereʼs no need to be sy­cho­phan­tic about it, but it is wise to es­tab­lish com­mu­ni­ca­tion with them. You never know what the fu­ture holds, and some­day there may be a chance when you might work for them in an­other ca­pac­ity.


In most cases, your boss will want to host a small friendly gather­ing with your col­leagues to wish you the best of luck in your fu­ture en­deav­ours. How­ever, should that not hap­pen, you may wish to in­vite your col­leagues and your boss on your own. Show your ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the plea­sure of work­ing with them over the years with a sim­ple meal or just a friendly toast over drinks on the last day.

Writ­ing a Farewell Email

Make sure you in­form both your col­leagues and clients about your de­par­ture, per­son­ally as well as of­fi­cially. Re­mem­ber to thank your com­pany for the work op­por­tu­nity you’ve had with them, and de­tail the con­tacts of the per­son who will be tak­ing over your role. Don’t do this on the very last day of your de­par­ture, but in­stead write it a few days be­fore, so they can com­mu­ni­cate back be­fore you leave.

Tran­si­tion Pe­riod

In cer­tain cases, your boss may ask if you can ex­tend your no­tice pe­riod to en­sure a smooth tran­si­tion. You aren’t un­der any obli­ga­tion to do so, but if you can spare the time, your boss will surely ap­pre­ci­ate your gra­cious­ness.

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