Quitting your Job?

How to Professionally Resign from your Job

Posted by Liz Taylor Mar 04, 2016

Many of us create deep relationships at work and saying goodbye to a significant chapter in your life is tough. When you are called to make a move in your work life, there are several ways to say goodbye. Here are my following tips for handling the sensitivity of resigning from your job:

1.)    Prepare a formal resignation letter for your boss and send via email. In that email, ask for a specific time to discuss in detail for a more personal explanation.  "I've really enjoyed my time here. After a lot of thought, I've made the difficult decision to move on, and I want to formally put in my two week notice _____." If you have a close working relationship, tell your boss in person first and then send the formal resignation letter. Use your best judgement on what your boss would prefer.

2.)    Reach out to every person you’ve had a meaningful relationship with. Use your best judgement on delivering the news to colleagues and clients. Some people prefer and appreciate a face-to-face conversation while others are fine with a thoughtful email or phone call.  

3.)    Help with the transition. Close out loose ends, communicate pending projects and don’t leave anyone hanging. Offering to be available for a phone call or two with your replacement after you’re gone is a strong way to generate good will.

4.)    On your final day, send out a farewell email wishing colleagues and clients the best personally and professionally. Leave a favorable impression.  

5.)    Be very careful during your exit interview. Answer questions with grace and don’t burn bridges. At some point in your life, you will more than likely work with a former colleague or client again. It’s a smaller world than we think. Remember to keep a positive brand on all social media pages and avoid bad mouthing on twitter, Facebook or LinkedIn.  

Above everything else, have gratitude and show appreciation for the job and colleagues you are saying farewell to. Offer up best wishes and be as considerate, respectful and benevolently honest as possible. 

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