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How To Resign From A Job Without Burning Bridges

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Resigning From Your Job Doesn't Have To Be A Negative Experinece

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Learning how to resign from a job is a key part of your transition to another employer. You want to get this right because it will affect you in the future. Exactly how you resign from your job will depend on why you are leaving. Are you starting a similar business? Moving to a different field? Or maybe you're going to work for a competitor? I believe that under all circumstances, it's always best to leave on good terms. Here are some basic guidelines when resigning from a job.

1. Always Resign On A Friday

Fridays are the best day to resign. The work environment tends to be a bit more laid back, the boss is looking forward to the weekend and he will have 2 days to process your resignation before having to deal with it on Monday. Co-workers will tend to be more understanding on a Friday as well.

2. Give As Much Notice As Possible

Although the common notice when giving a resignation is 2 weeks, it's polite to give as much notice as you can. If you're on good terms with your employer and are not going to work for a competitor, consider giving 4 or even 8 weeks notice. I will warn you that this can backfire, if you give notice 8 weeks out and your boss is angry and decides to can you, then you're out of work for 8 weeks. Only you know your boss so use discretion. I have found that most people are quite understanding.

3. Write An Awesome Resignation Letter

Learn how to write a resignation letter, and make it a good one. You can use a template but make sure it's professional. Consider throwing in some flattery about how great your boss and job have been and how you have appreciated your time there. Go all out, print it on good quality paper. You never know if you're going to need your job again someday so it's best to make their last memory of you a really good one. 

4. Offer To Train Your Replacement

Your employer is going to need somebody to replace you, and there's nobody more qualified to train that person than you. You have done your job faithfully for some time and can do an excellent job training a new hire. Your boss may even ask you to be involved in the hiring process to make sure that they get somebody who will be a perfect fit for the job.

5. Work Harder Than You Ever Have

When you have handed in your resignation, you know you are leaving. You can see the light at the end of the tunnel so it shouldn't be too hard to give your last few weeks your best effort. You want your employer to see that you still care enough to do a great job despite the fact that you are leaving. In doing this you will leave the door open for coming back to that job in the future if you want to but you also increase your chances of getting an excellent reference from that employer.

Deciding to resign from a job can be a stressful and exciting time. It can be tempting to write your notice on a napkin and slack off for your last few weeks of work. Take the time, resign from your job with the same care that you obtained it in the first place and you may be very glad you did down the road.



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