First of all, congratulations! You made it through the daunting interview stage, the nerve-wracking callback and you’ve even negotiated the perfect salary. Everything has gone exactly to plan.
Now comes the dreaded question: How on earth do I quit my job?
It doesn’t matter how long you have been searching or how ready you are for the next adventure when it comes to finally calling it quits, the prospect can seem a little…well, terrifying.
But fear not because we have compiled a step-by-step guide that will help you leave your current job without burning any bridges.
Step 1: Get ready
If you’ve made the decision that you’re 100% leaving, the first step is to be prepared. While most employers will want you to work a notice period, others may find your resignation insulting and ask you to leave immediately.
If you have a work laptop make sure that you have saved any files you might need and delete all personal information from the hard drive as well. If you have a company car or phone be prepared to hand them over.
Step 2: Draft a resignation letter
Do not take the easy way out and email your boss. I know it can be tempting but legally you should write a proper resignation letter (Yes, on actual paper!) and hand it in `(covid permitting). Keep your letter to the point, stating the role you are resigning from and your final working day. It’s always a nice touch to thank your employer for the opportunity and offer to help them with the hand over too.
Step 3: Know your limits
Your employer may ask you to work a longer notice. Be prepared for this question and have a set date that you definitely must finish by. If you can meet them halfway and work a few extra days it could be a good opportunity to ask them for a reference letter.
Step 4: Let the battle commence
If your employer comes back with a counter offer always take some time to mull it over even if you are certain you want to leave. Politely thank them for the offer but explain that this new job is the best step for your career at this point.
Step 5: Don’t slack off
Just because you’re leaving in a few weeks that doesn’t mean that you can take your foot off the pedal. You need to stay focused and complete your day-to-day jobs as you would normally. Nobody likes a slacker.
Step 6: Time to say goodbye
Goodbyes are never easy. In fact, you may love nothing more than to slip out the door unannounced but it’s important to leave your company on a good note.
Before you go home on your final day, take the time to go around to your colleagues and say a personal goodbye before you leave. It’s just good manners and you never know when you might work with them again.