How to resign

Resigning can be nerve racking but following these tips should help you through the process:

  1. Prepare a resignation letter. Make your letter brief, non-confrontational and professional. An example:
    "Dear Mr. A. N. Other,  It has been my honour to work for Uber Monkey Industries. Please accept this letter as official notice that I will be leaving to accept a new position with another company and my last day will be DATE. Please accept my thanks for our association, and best regards to you and the entire company for the future. Yours Sincerely, Simple Simon."
  2. Tell your boss before anyone else and hand him/her the resignation letter at the same time. Don’t however feel obliged to provide specific reasons or tell him/her where you are going. It is completely your choice whether to or not. You could say:
    "I've been considering my options here for some time, and I've decided it's time for me to move on. I am grateful for the opportunities I've found here and will do all I can to assist you during my notice period to ensure a smooth handover."
  3. Don’t be negative about your current employer.
  4. Be cooperative during your notice period helping where possible with handover duties.
  5. Consider your reaction to a counter offer. You will need to consider in advance whether you would stay for a pay raise, increased benefits, a promotion, or other incentives.
  6. Be polite and thank your boss. Whatever the reason for your departure, keep your standards high. A good reference is vital. Shake hands, thank your soon-to-be-former supervisor and try not to say YIPPEEE out loud! Now you can go and tell everybody and look forward to your next adventure!
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