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Time To Resign?

June 19th, 2007 · 20 Comments

If you are wanting to Resign from your job then the first thing to do is distance yourself a bit from the whole situation and carefully think through and plan the process, resigning is something you should NEVER do when angry and in the heat of the moment. Always give it some time because often situations that seem insurmountable at the time, fade away into insignificance over a short amount of time.

If after a few days or weeks even, if you are still sure you want to resign and have organized a better job to move to the following are things that you should consider.

Dont burn your bridges
No matter how much you loath the company that you are about to part ways with don’t tell them, just keep it to yourself. Although you may think you are doing them a favour by letting them know all the things they are doing wrong, it won’t help you one little bit and can even seriously impact your future, especially if you are counting on using them as a reference later on down the track.

Give as much notice as you can
Related to the previous point you want to try and make this a painless transition for all parties involved so at a minimum give them the notice that is required in your contract (normally 2 weeks or a month) and if you can offer them even more time, this will help them find someone else suitable for the position and enable perhaps some handover time.

You don’t want to be that person always getting blamed in the future for not writing things down or documenting the unique things that you do, so make sure that you take some time out to get it all down on paper in form of handover material for the new person that may be taking over all or part of your position.

If you want to save time, think about starting that document right now and using work time to do it, rather than a mad panic at the end of your employment.

Resignation Letter
The letter that you write should be carefully thought about and written in an entirely professional tone. It is advisable to thank the company/management for the opportunities that you have been given and tell them how you have enjoyed your time working there. Move on to mention that it is simply time to move onto new challenges and mention the date when you will be expecting to finish up.

Sample Letter
The following text can be used as a basic template for your resignation letter. It’s important to not go on to much about issues that you had (or imagined you had!), just keep it basic and that will help keep you out of trouble.

Dear Mr./Ms. < Last Name >:

Please accept this letter as formal notification that I am leaving my position with < yourcompany > on December 15.

Thank you for the opportunities you have provided me during my time with the company.

If I can be of any assistance during this transition, please let me know.


< Your Signature >

< Your Typed Name >

I would like to emphasize again the importance about taking your time very carefully to consider all options when considering resigning, make sure you have exhausted all other avenues and spoken to your manager about any issues that you may be facing. Most things can be worked through and if it is a money issue your present company may also be able to assist with that, especially when faced with the alternative of having to employ someone else to cover your position.

Check out how these people would like to resign?

Good luck in whatever path you decide to take!

Tags: Employment Help

20 responses so far ↓

  • 1 R. L. // Oct 16, 2007 at 9:17 pm

    Very good advice, thank you the writer of this valuable advice.

  • 2 natheen // Oct 26, 2007 at 5:27 pm

    i really appreciate the style and steadiness involved in the presentation..

  • 3 Tavia // Jan 28, 2008 at 5:05 am

    thank you for the awesome advice! Great stuff!!.

  • 4 Weisbach // Jan 28, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Information like this is so awesome to have floating around the net! Thank you so much it was super helpful!

  • 5 ℓ٥ﻻ ﻉ√٥υ f٥гﻉ√ﻉг // Jan 31, 2008 at 1:04 pm

    thank you for this!

    it has been really helpful!

  • 6 Roberta // Mar 30, 2008 at 8:15 pm

    This was most helpful

  • 7 Shailja // May 22, 2008 at 12:10 pm

    Thanks for an intelligent and awesome advice!

  • 8 Jackie Lee // Jun 9, 2008 at 10:32 am

    Many thanks. Simple and painless.

  • 9 julie // Jul 25, 2008 at 12:06 pm


  • 10 julie // Jul 25, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    i really appreciate the style and steadiness involved in the presentation..

  • 11 grace // Sep 17, 2008 at 6:36 pm

    thank you so much for the great advice! appreciate it**

  • 12 tt // Oct 24, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Very good advice. Thank you so much for posting it! :)

  • 13 Gin // Oct 30, 2008 at 2:41 pm

    Thanks for the very useful advice! :)

  • 14 Barb // Jan 9, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Thank you good advice you have made me stop and look first but I think I will still leave my current employment.

  • 15 Gavin // Jan 14, 2009 at 1:46 pm

    There was more I wanted to say, but I have taken your advice

  • 16 Andrew // Feb 17, 2009 at 12:11 pm

    To the point but well written

  • 17 Taualoa // Jun 14, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Very sensible advice, thank you

  • 18 tubirds // Aug 18, 2009 at 9:58 am

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  • 19 Ben // Nov 2, 2009 at 12:20 am

    very useful,thanks.

  • 20 Sal Ward // Apr 12, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    Thank you for giving those wonderful advice. It is easier to tell them all the negative stuff but thank goodness that you advice otherwise.
    Great stuff!!

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