So you’ve accepted a new opportunity…
The Resignation Process
It’s always great news when you receive a job offer. After successfully completing the Interview Process, you would imagine it would be smooth sailing from there…but then you think, “oh wait, now I need to tell my boss”.
We have in fact found that many candidates tend to find the resignation process awkward or even challenging at times.
Let’s face it, it’s not the easiest conversation to have with your Manager, nor is it the most positive. It certainly isn’t going to brighten up their day – nevertheless, it’s something that simply must be done so that you can actually start your new job!
In light of this, I thought it would be beneficial to share my main points of advice that could hopefully help if you are feeling nervous or concerned prior to your resignation.
Start by sending an email to your Manager and copy in HR if you have your own contact.
Obviously, you will have a letter that you can hand over when you sit down with your Manager in private. The purpose of the email is to solidify your resignation date electronically and you can use this as the start of your notice period if you are eager to finish at an earlier date.
Be firm when you break the news.
You have made your decision to leave which is why you are sitting in that room with your manager in the first place. You need to make it clear that your mind has been made up and that it is not a negotiation. If you give your manager false hope, they may run around trying to change things for you as a last-ditch effort to keep you but when you end up leaving. It will only make things more awkward. Continue to repeat yourself if you need to – your aim is get the point across that you have made you mind up and that you are leaving.
Keep the conversation professional.
There is a reason you accepted the offer at your new firm. Whether you’re unhappy with your current firm or you have simply been offered something better, focus on the positives. Avoid being negative about your current team and workplace and keep your reasons for leaving solely positive towards what you have learnt and what you are now moving on towards.
The less information you share, the better.
It’s better to be concise with your reasons for leaving. The more you reveal, the more questions will be asked and ultimately, it’s private information that you don’t need to feel pressured into divulging. If it’s easier, simply remind your manager that you have been asked to keep to details of your move professional and confidential.
They will try to keep you.
Realistically, it’s a hassle for any Manager when they lose a member of their team. To put it crudely, it’s easier to keep you right now than to go through a long hiring process to find someone else who probably won’t start for some time. Senior members of the department may step in and try to persuade you to stay. Admittedly the attention can be somewhat luring but simply revert to Point 2 and remain firm with them – remember, the last thing you want to do is give them any false hope.
Get a concrete end date in place.
Once they have accepted that you are leaving, your main objective is to solidify an end date so that you confirm a start date with your new employer. If your notice period is non-negotiable then simply confirm what the end date will be, given you have now officially resigned.
If your notice period is negotiable, it can be courteous to negotiate the terms of your handover. Your manager is unlikely to want to keep you longer than they need you as you no longer want to be there. Perhaps set out a list of tasks and objectives mutually that you will agree to complete before you can leave. If you can complete them in an earlier time-frame to a level they are happy with, then you can leave earlier. Maybe start your job as soon as you can or even enjoy a bit of freedom in between!
Leave on a positive note.
Hopefully, you can look back at your old firm and reflect positively. It’s another stint of experience and you never know who you may bump into again. People remember last impressions just as much as they remember first impressions and it’s always nice to be remembered well!