Turning in your resignation isn’t always easy. Even if you have had your challenges with your current, it still won’t be the easiest decision to make.
Carefully planning your departure from a job can help smoothen your transition to the next phase of your career. This can also help to prevent you from burning any bridges, and potentially keep a welcome mat out in case you ever want to come back or need some form of help or assistance.
When you resign from your job, it is important to do so as gracefully and professionally as possible. Before you submit your resignation, here are some tips on how to prepare;
1. Don’t Quit Without a Plan: If you are thinking of quitting without a new job, assess your alternatives and explore some options first. If you don’t have a new job lined up, or if you will be earning less than you’re making now, take the time to create a monthly budget. Estimate how long your savings will last if you will be out of work for a long while.
2. Give Notice – Giving at least a month to two weeks notice is the standard practice when resigning from a job, but in some cases, you may be required to give more notice. If you have an employment contract that states how much notice you should give, abide by it.
3. Help Make the Transition Go Well: Offer to do anything possible to help fill the void created by your departure. Offer to help train the person who will carry out your duties. Your professionalism during your remaining time will be remembered in the future.
4. Update Your Resume and LinkedIn Profile: Keep your resume and LinkedIn profile up-to-date so you can move into job search mode should the need or opportunity present itself. It is easier to update these documents when you’re making a job change.
It may feel exciting to want to move to the next phase of your career by resigning from your current job, but always make sure you do that tactfully using the above mentioned pointers.