With the financial situation this country is currently faced with many people are wondering why would someone want to resign? Well many people are getting new job opportunities or taking a risk to do the things they have always wanted to do. The one mistake people make when leaving a job is they will burn bridges on their way out, you do not want to do this because there may be a time when you need to be in good standing with your former employer. If you need a reference or heaven forbid you have to go back to your old job because your plans did not work out, if you have left in good standing those opportunities will be more open to you.
At the point when you decide quitting your job is the best option, your mind should be clear that you’ve made the right decision and that you’re leaving. Ask questions of yourself, have you investigated all avenues available within your company for career advancement? Before taking another job, give your current place of employ an opportunity to address your concerns and try to keep you.
Visit with your boss and other key personnel to find out where you stand within the company, and what future plans are there for you? Give your employer every consideration as you contemplate a change. Be completely sure that once your decision is made to leave the firm, that you are able to make a meaningful commitment to the new opportunity.
Once you have accepted an offer by another firm, try to leave your current employer on a positive note. Resigning does not have to be a time for sad faces. You have just been given an opportunity to advance your personal goals, and you have your old employer to thank. Hopefully, you have given your absolute best and will be missed.
This ultimately leads to frustration. In fact, many recruiters suggest that you state that your resignation is strictly for personal reasons (having nothing to do with your current employer or current job opportunity). By keeping things on a personal level, it circumvents your current employer from trying to persuade you to stay. In some situations, it may be best to avoid telling anyone where you will be going.
Your current employer might be eager to learn tips for company improvement so they don’t lose good people, like yourself, in the future. Do not get caught in this trap. Once you have left the company, anything you previously said might be used against you. Even constructive suggestions might be misinterpreted. Expect to be the scapegoat for many company problems after you leave. Leaving them with ammunition will only add fuel to their fire.
Typically, your resignation means a lot of work for your old employer. They will be left with the burden of replacing you and with the loss of department productivity due to your vacancy. Chances are that your boss will be caught off guard with your resignation. He/she will not be able to listen clearly to your explanations because of concerns with the department’s new predicament. When a key employee resigns, one can never gauge the reaction of a boss. Therefore, it is always advantageous to keep the atmosphere positive and supportive.
If you feel that you may have to function in an uncooperative atmosphere, consider resigning at the end of the day so that you are no longer on company time. If you must have additional discussions with your employer, try to schedule it for the following afternoon (while on “your” time). This way, everyone has the opportunity to objectively face the situation – and you’ll be able to leave when you are ready. If during an exit interview you find yourself having to defend yourself or the new employer (or if things begin to get out of control), motion for another meeting – at a different time – when things cool down.
The Verbal Resignation
This is usually the more difficult type of resignation. It may place you in the compromising position of having to explain your good decision. Words are very powerful, and can be particularly charged during this time. Be careful what you say. It is common for the current boss to probe you for information that led to your decision. If you have had a close relationship with your boss, you may feel obligated to share your heart in confidence. Don’t fall for this trap!
Use your head and discuss personal and heart-felt matters outside of the office. Remember that this boss is still your boss. Whatever you say will be viewed as biased, and may eventually be used against you. At this point you are no longer considered a team player, nor are you considered to have the company’s best interest at heart. Often, comments that are either misinterpreted or exaggerated hurt individuals. Constructive criticism is no longer your responsibility, and carries with it a high cost that could affect your good references.
If probed for more information, you may want to claim that there is nothing else to say right now. Simply communicate that you are not leaving a bad situation for a better one. You are leaving a good opportunity for one that better suits your current situation.
The Written Resignation
A written resignation is the easiest because you have time to effectively prepare what you wish to communicate. A written resignation reinforces the fact that you are leaving and not simply threatening in order to re-negotiate your position. Also, there is something permanent about the written word, which often circumvents interrogation.
Under no circumstance should you state any dissatisfaction with the firm or individuals. Not only is it good manners to stress the positive when leaving, but what you write will remain in your file long after individuals and circumstances (that may have caused you dissatisfaction) are gone. You never know when your future paths may cross again.
Remember to keep things short, simple and positive. You may want to write something like the following: “I want to thank you for all you have done for me here at ABC Company. It’s been a pleasure working with you and representing the company as your Manager of Purchasing.
If I can assist you with a smooth transition, please feel free to contact me anytime.” When it comes to explaining what happened, letters get filed and passed around. They are a means to curtail ambivalence that might otherwise be perceived from your behavior during this delicate time.
The Counter Offer
Why shun counteroffers? Because the factors that caused you to consider an outside move generally remain in force. Besides, your current employer may lose trust in your loyalty. Accepting a counteroffer may permanently damage your reputation with your would-be-employer. It may conclude that you were merely using them to gain leverage and weren’t a fervent candidate. In this situation, never underestimate the value of your perceived integrity.
The best response to a counteroffer is to listen politely, sleep on it, but ultimately decline. If your current firm denied you advancement (before you secured an outside offer), it will probably thwart you next time you feel ready to advance. What’s more, your firm may start looking to replace you the day you accept the counteroffer. Your plans for leaving may not be forgotten!
Leave on the Right Note
Before leaving the firm, take time to speak with each of your support staff, peers, executive personnel, and others with whom you’ve worked. With people and projects, clear up any unsettled business. Be sensitive to their reactions and keep your conversations positive and constructive.
Some people may naturally express their own discontent and encourage you to agree with them. Don’t. Instead, express your appreciation and tell them that you will miss them. Before leaving, a little time spent nurturing relationships will go a long way to build support in the future.
Also keep in mind that it is professional courtesy to give your employer ample time to transition you out of the firm – typically two to four weeks. However, you should try to leave as soon as possible. As the firm adjusts to your leaving, you want to thwart recurring attempts for retelling your story and dealing with added frustrations and pressures at the job.