How To Resign – Step by Step Guide

How To Resign – Step By Step Guide

Resigning of the single biggest worry that people face when they have the chance to take a new job, the worry that it will be embarrassing or hostile really can make it feel like it’s a thing of dread.  The truth be told, if you resign right and act in a professional way then it’s just a natural part of career change.  There are right ways and wrong ways to resign.   As for the right way, have a look at the steps below and you can go too wrong.

The Resigning Steps To Follow

Resign on a Friday

Choosing the right day and time to resign is actually really important and needs some thought.  Resigning on a Monday makes everyone feel slightly awkward towards you and put you in a situation where you might face knee jerk reaction.  Resigning on a Friday will give everyone the weekend to let it sink it, allow dust to settle and give enough time to prepare for any transitional period which will start the following Monday.

Be Prepared

Before you resign, take the time to review any and all employment documents you have to ensure that you are aware of the expected notice, outstanding holiday or any other financial commitments you might be leaving yourself open too.  Any items which you have been issued as part of your employment need to be ready to hand back should the employer ask for them.   Company mobile phones, laptops or tablets should have any personal content removed before being factory restored twice for good measure.

Be Polite

Regardless of any bad feeling towards a manager or company policies, it important to remain professional at all times.  Saying that a manager is a knob or other personal comments will only damage your credibility and create a hostile environment for the duration of any notice.

Give Reasons

A resignation if the official declaration that an employee wants to end their relationship with an employer.  Give specific reasons for the resignation that are both factual and to the point.  

Appropriate Notice

Review any contract to find out the expected notice period as well as seeking any advice from ACAS.  An employer might well demand 30 days notice however they might only be allowed to legally ask for 2 weeks so it’s important to know the facts first.  The purpose of a notice period of to give enough time for a replacement to be recruited as well as provide time for any handover of outstanding work.  Should serving 4 weeks be the expected notice period then the resignation letter needs to not only acknowledge this, but then respectfully asking for a 2 week reduction.  If there is a danger that productivity will suffer or bad feeling will grow then an employer will often accept this reduction.  

Advise Direct Manager First

Avoid any temptation to tell the best friend at work first or bounce off potential plans to resign.  Tell the direct manager first, not only does this show professionalism but also a respect for the company’s hierarchy.

Don’t Stop Caring

Don’t be the one who doesn’t give a toss any more, once the declaration to resign has been put in, it’s important to continue business as usual.  Dont just walk out, take random sick days or joking say “what’s the worst they can do ? fire me?”.  This not only makes an employee looks like a bit of an idiot but it kills any chance of the door being left open should there be a change of heart etc.  It also means there will be no reference given to the next employer.  

Tidy All Loose Ends

Make sure any problem clients, outstanding orders or long standing customer problems are either sorted or passed on with enough information to someone else.  The process of leaving should be clean and no one should ever leave a “shit pile” for the replacement person to walk into.

Thank Everyone

If there is any tension between the employee and company then the resignation shows that these problems are now in the past.  Thank the line manager for their support, the opportunity and wish them well for the future.  Be the bigger person and try and draw a line in the sand rather than having venom in your heart.

Feels Better?

The truth be told, resigning is always going to be awkward and there really isn’t anything that can be done to avoid that (sorry) however it is a natural process that most people will go through.  As long as your professional, direct, to the point and do your best to facilitate a trouble free exit that you will be fine.

Best of luck.