Great Resignations – Quitting Your Job With Style

resignationCongratulations on landing your new job! Now, all you have to do is resign from your current role.

There’s a little bit of an art form to resigning and believe it or not, there’s much more to a resignation than a simple letter or meeting. If you are moving on from your present position, whether to a new role or just taking a break, here are some of my best tips to quit your job with style and carry out a “successful” resignation.

Meet With Your Boss

Written resignations are acceptable, but you will achieve much more if you organise an official meeting with your manager to resign and hand them your resignation letter in person. This will give you an opportunity to explain face-to-face why you’ve decided to resign, (if appropriate) and it also means you can address any immediate issues together.

It’s important to remain professional when you resign and remember to keep your reasons for leaving about you and your career. Take responsibility for your decision and accentuate how this change is beneficial for your life. Under no circumstances make your resignation personal or vindictive.

Don’t Burn Bridges

Maintaining your contacts is crucial after any resignation. Even if you have good reasons for resigning, don’t burn your bridges or create animosity between you and your company. It’s a small world out there, and you never know who could be of value to you after you leave. You may not have worked well with your boss or certain colleagues, but they could still prove to be useful contacts in future.

Be Proactive About Handovers

Of course, you will need to hand over your tasks and responsibilities to one or more new or current employees. Once you resign, you should take a proactive approach to organising your handover, especially if your boss doesn’t have time to do this. In consultation with your boss determine who is going to take over your work, and make sure you set aside enough time with them to thoroughly cover all areas of your job.

Organise Exit Interviews & Meetings

Usually, your manager or HR will organise an exit interview for you, but it can also benefit you to organise further interviews and meetings with other managers and executives in the company. Again, this is also about maintaining your contacts and not burning your bridges – making an effort to stay in touch with these individuals demonstrates that you value their time and input, even though you’re leaving. It also means you can continue to build your professional network.

Be Thankful

There may be some bad feelings surrounding your resignation, but even so, you should be appreciative of the opportunities your company has given you. Thank your bosses and colleagues individually, and let them know you’re grateful for the knowledge and experience s you’ve acquired.

It’s a great feeling when you resign and a new role awaits you – but what if you’re quitting without any future plans? Resumes Australia can provide you with sound career advice, quality CV services and interview coaching sessions to help build your executive profile and find that next, brilliant role. Of course, if you require assistance with your resignation letter or your exit interview, we can help with that, too!


kylie hammond

About Kylie Hammond
Executive Search Consultant, Head-Hunter, HR Consultant, Executive Career Coach, Expert Resume Writer & Executive Talent Agent.

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