Finally you have landed that new job. Now it’s time to resign. The problem for many of us is that it can be one of the most nerve wracking things that you will ever do.
Our Resignation Center is designed to help make it a smoother process!
We will look at how much notice you need to give your current employer, help you gather up the nerve and even supply you with our very popular Resignation Template letter.
1./ How much notice do I need to give my employer?
This depends on what country you reside in, so we work through them below.
NZ – Employment legislation does not specify how much notice an employee must give their employer. Firstly, refer to your employment contract. Your notice needs to be fair and reasonable. Often the pay period is used as a guideline for this, e.g if you are paid fortnightly (every two weeks) it would be seen as fair and reasonable to give a fortnights notice.
AUS – Refer to your employment contract and be very sure that you have given the correct amount of notice. Some awards, employment contracts and agreements have the provision that an employer can hold back money from an employee if the employee has not given the required amount of notice.
USA – There could be state laws, however the typical situation is to give at least two weeks notice. You need to check what terms were agreed upon when you took on the job, as well as the company’s policies.
CAN – Check your employment agreement, otherwise two weeks is the generally accepted period to allow your employer to at least hire someone temporarily in the position and leave on good terms.
UK - The employee is required to give the minimum notice outlined in their contract, otherwise a minimum of one week is required.
2./ What should I and shouldn’t I say when I resign?
We put this one in here just in case you were feeling a little headstrong and felt like dishing it all out to your employer as a parting gift.
Well our advice is to bite your tongue, channel those fireworks into your new position and most importantly of all – never burn your bridges.
We cover all this and more in our How to Resign article.
3./ Our sample Resignation Letter
Time to do it! You are welcome to use our sample resignation letter. Please copy from the text below and you can customize it however you see fit!
Dear Mr./Ms. < Last Name >:
Please accept this letter as formal notification that I am leaving my position with < yourcompany > on December 15, 2012.
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 >
Please also see our Resign by email article.