How to Resign
How to Resign
Congratulations on accepting your new
position. Now prepare yourself for the emotional and logistical challenges that
lie ahead. The job changing process causes many uncomfortable feelings and
during the transitional phase between accepting the position and starting the
new job you may be in emotional limbo. Suddenly, reality kicks in that you are
leaving and a sense of guilt may follow. My boss is going to kill me or you may
suffer from buyer's remorse and feel what if I made a mistake? Relax, it's
natural. Most people at all levels have a fear of change or fear the unknown.
Remember, there were reasons you got to this stage of the process.
If you really want to make a job
change, a counteroffer from your present company shouldn't change your desire to
leave. In fact accepting a counteroffer can be devastating to your career. Be
prepared for the predictable reactions of your employer.
They will be shocked. "How will we
get the work done without you?" "We had no idea you were
They will start to probe. "What
company are you going to?" "What type of position did you
accept?" "What are they going to pay you?"
They make you an offer to prevent you
from leaving. "Coincidentally, we were just going to promote you."
"We just got approval for your raise."
It may take a few days for these stages
to run their course but inevitably it will happen. Remember it's more expensive
to replace you than to throw extra money or potential promotions your way, which
may or may not come to fruition anyway. Statistics show nine out of ten people
who accept counteroffers are not with the company six months later.
When you announce your intention to
resign, you should hand your supervisor a letter that states your last date of
employment with the company. Let your supervisor know you have enjoyed working
with them but an opportunity came along you couldn't pass up and your decision
to leave is final and made after careful consideration and doesn't reflect
negative feelings towards the company or the staff. Let your supervisor know you
appreciate what the company has done for you and you will do everything possible
to make your departure as smooth as possible.
Keep the resignation letter short,
simple and to the point.