You’ve secured your ideal role and couldn’t be happier, there is only one more step in the process, so, here’s how to resign professionally!
One situation which candidates can find awkward, particularly if they are in the same role for a substantial period of time, is handing in your notice after accepting an offer. Sometimes, there is confusion over the best way to approach this and the timeline that should be followed when handing in one’s notice.
WAIT UNTIL CONTRACTS ARE SIGNED!
This one may seem obvious, but candidates in the past have handed in their notice on acceptance of a verbal offer. It is imperative to wait until contracts are fully reviewed and signed before handing in your notice. This avoids any last minute issues if there is something in the contract which may not be suitable etc. Always wait until everything is finalised.
BE SURE YOU WANT TO LEAVE FOR THE RIGHT REASONS
Talent is king and candidates have more control over employers in today’s market. Of course when you move you will need a financial incentive but the shape of the role and the career progression need to be the key factors or you will be in the same position in 1-2 years’ time. Try not to base your decision entirely on financial factors and contemplate the whole picture. Remember why you were looking to move on in the first place.
BE WARY OF THE COUNTER OFFER
Counter offers can be flattering and can offer a financial incentive.However, the relationship dynamic between employer and employee is permanently altered after it is understood that you have been actively on the market. When you decide to move on, be sure the reasons are not solely money motivated and stick to your guns.
PREPARE AN APPROPRIATE RESIGNATION LETTER
Ensure when handing in your resignation letter, that you are leaving as amicable as possible. Highlight all the areas of growth in which this employer has offered you and be clear as to why you have decided to move on. Be confident and ask that they respect that this is your final decission.
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