The Rules of Resignation
Once you've accepted a new job, your next challenge is to quit your current one. While you may be happy or sad to leave your current job, you should approach the occasion in a professional manner. Since past employers are often great references, you do not want your resignation to leave a negative lasting impression. Here are a few thoughts to help you prepare for your last day on the job.
First, you'll want to consider the logistics of your resignation. Will you give your employer the standard two weeks notice or longer to help train a replacement? How will you react to a possible counter-offer?
* Write a letter
You'll need to write a resignation letter to deliver to your employer. Use a business format for your letter and keep it short and simple. Give a brief statement about moving onto a new career opportunity and state your last date of work with the company. Remember to show appreciation for the opportunities the employer gave you and avoid expressing negativity or grievances.
* Meet with your manager
Deliver the news of your resignation, as well as your letter, to your manager in person. While it is important for you to state that you are moving on to a new job, do not feel the need to explain your reasons for leaving in detail. Also in the meeting, restate your last date of employment and express your appreciation for the opportunity to work for the organization. Lastly, discuss your current projects and the process of how they will be completed.
* Work until the last day
Over the remainder of your time with your employer, your mind will most likely be on your new job. However, continue to give 100% every day. Complete or organize any unfinished work and provide training and instructions for your replacement. Before leaving, communicate any outstanding work to your manager.