There’s good and bad that comes with landing an exciting new job.
The good: you have an exciting new job. The bad: you must resign from your current position.
Sure, nobody likes to resign, unless you really hate your present job and relish the opportunity to leave. But outside of that, it can be an awkward and potentially stressful situation, one that you could certainly do without as you prepare to embark on a new endeavor.
So what can you do to alleviate the stress, eliminate feelings of discomfort, and help set yourself up for success in your new position?
Below are five tips for resigning (smoothly) from your current employer:
#1—Give two weeks’ notice.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but what if your new job starts in longer than two weeks? Maybe it’s three weeks. Maybe it’s a month. What if you don’t start for a month, you give your notice, and then your new employer rescinds the offer, for whatever reason? Or you give your notice, and now you’re exposed to possible feelings of resentment at your current employer for four weeks instead of two weeks?
#2—Submit your resignation letter in person.
No, sending your resignation via email is NOT the way to go, to speak nothing of texting it (insert face palm here). Speak directly with your supervisor in a private setting. Convey the message that you made a careful decision and that you’re grateful for what the company has done for you. If you harbor no ill will, be sure to emphasize this to your supervisor.
#3—Do not write a bloated resignation letter.
Your letter should be straight and to the point. There’s no need to provide details surrounding the situation that you don’t need to provide, although do indicate when your last day of employment will be. In addition, make copies of the letter, at least two and probably three. You’ll want one, and you might need one for both your supervisor and the company’s HR department.
#4—Resign at the end of the business day.
It would be ideal to resign on a Friday. That’s not always possible, but planning to do so at the end of the day (whatever day that might be) is preferable. That way, if your supervisor reacts in a negative fashion, the day is at an end and they have time to “cool off” during the evening hours.
#5—Help make the transition a good one.
Ask what you can do to help the company during the last two weeks of your employment. You might have to write down a detailed list of your day-to-day duties or eventually train the person who is going to succeed you (if one is hired in time or an internal candidate is promoted). Being helpful during this period could be crucial to ensuring that the company’s transition—not to mention yours—is a smooth one.