Oct 05, 2017

30 Career Experts Teach You How To Resign Gracefully – Part 9

When you get another job you feel amazing, right? This offers you the possibility to advance in your career and meet new people, and maybe even get a higher paycheck. A new job could also mean that you’ll probably have better benefits/perks and will gain work experience from a position at a different company. But the problem is that the moment you are accepted to the new job, you’ll face a challenge that every other professional has: resigning from your old one in a graceful manner.

Saying your goodbyes to the co-workers and friends you’ve made aside, you’ll also face some sort of a reaction from your manager. It can be indifference, it can be shocking if you’ve been on good terms with each other and it could also lead to an outrage if your work relationship wasn’t a good one. Regardless of what happens, you’ll need to be careful and resign in a non-offending and humble manner.

To help you with this important task, we reached out to some of the best career experts that we know and asked them to share:

When someone has accepted another position and preparing to leave their current job, what is the best advice you’d give them?

We received some great tips that we would love to share with you. Check out their answers in the post below.

Linda J. Hollenback – Hollenback Consulting

Linda J. Hollenback

Linda J. Hollenback, MSEd, CPRW is Owner & Principal Consultant of Hollenback Consulting LLC, based in Philadelphia, PA. As a Certified Professional Résumé Writer and college/career transition strategist, Linda empowers success through personal brand management and strategic story development, helping clients to effectively identify and highlight their strengths.

Regardless of the reason for your departure, always – ALWAYS – leave on the best possible terms. Your reputation and relationships last long beyond your tenure in any one position.

To achieve a successful career transition, I recommend the following:
1) Notification: Start by giving your current supervisor, the respect and courtesy of being the first to know. Don’t let him/her find out about your departure around the water cooler or through the office gossip column. If at all possible, let your supervisor know in person that you will be leaving and reassure him/her that you will work to ease the transition in whatever way you can.

2) Transition: Take a proactive approach to the transition process. Click To TweetAsk your supervisor if he/she would like to set up meetings to discuss and develop a transition plan for your projects and for the team. Regardless of supervisor’s involvement, be diligent in closing out any open projects, and where complete wrap up is not possible, prepare notes of current state and priority next steps of all projects so that your departure does not impact the company’s bottom line or relationship with clients. If time allows, develop a guide to your yearly work cycle or any other resources that will help the person that will step into your role. Think about what you wish you would have known when you started or describe the changes you’ve made to enhance productivity.

Remember, you are about to step into someone else’s role at your new company –what do you hope that person would leave for you?

3) Leave Gracefully: Your transition time is the perfect time to acknowledge all those who have helped you during your tenure – and those whose support has pushed you to be ready for this next exciting step in your career journey. Be sure to take the time to acknowledge and thank your colleagues and clients that have had a meaningful impact. If you haven’t already done so, connect with people on LinkedIn and exchange personal contact information so you can keep in touch. The world is small. You never know when your lives will cross paths again.

Equally as important, if there has been negativity that has led to your career search, do not air your grievances upon your departure. Don’t go out in flames. Wish everyone well and feel the weight lift off your shoulders as you walk through the door the final time. You’ve taken the high road, now ride off into the beautiful sunset.

Rachele Wright – Elarie Consulting

Rachele Wright

Rachel is the co-founder of Elarie Consulting, a full-service professional writing and career consulting company based in Metro Detroit. We specialize in custom resumes, well-crafted cover letters, and honest/practical/real career advice for any working professional.

When you're preparing to leave your current job, the best advice you could take is to exit gracefully.Click To Tweet Give at least 2 weeks notice (up to a 1 month if you’re a managerial/executive level), and do your best to be as accommodating to your current job as possible. Always speak to HR first about your departure, and find out the best way to handle informing other managers or co-workers. Organize all of the papers, documents, training materials, and details in between, about your position, making it as seamless as possible for an incoming new hire.

Additionally, make sure you are also prepared for the off-chance that once you put in a 2-week notice, the company may let you leave sooner. Make sure your computer doesn’t have any personal connected accounts associated with it, and that you can quickly gather your things if you need to leave after just a day or two. This type of practice is becoming more and more common, as many companies become worried about repercussions of office-talk when someone is heading out the door.

If you’re leaving a position, and your feelings towards the company are less than pleasant, finding a way to exit on a positive note will always make it easier to obtain success quickly in your next job. Unexpected turns in life can occur so quickly, you never know if you may need to rely on someone at your current position to lend you a helping hand in the future.

Jennifer Latone – Oldcastle Careers

Jennifer Latone

Jennifer is a Recruiter for Allied Building Products, the distribution division of Oldcastle. Her focus is to identify talented CDL drivers across the states to join their team delivering both interior and exterior building products locally to their customers.

If the employee has accepted an official offer from another company, paperwork has been signed, and pre-employment screenings have been passed, it is the time to tactfully submit your notice to your current employer. I would recommend always putting your resignation in writing, and, even if you are leaving because you are not happy there, being sure to keep the letter very professional and good-natured.

If you have several managers or superiors, be sure to create several letters catered to each and thank them for anything you may have learned from them or simply for the opportunity to work with them, the company etc. If possible, and if time allows, always offer to help find and or train your replacement, and do your very best to submit as much notice as possible before departing.

As your last week(s) pass by, do not 'check out mentally' and continue to be diligent in your work. Click To TweetAlso, be sure to remain pleasant and helpful to co-workers manager and so forth, avoiding too much talk of your new position and any negativity regarding the position you are leaving. You never know who you may work with, or for, simply need a reference from, or need to network within the future, so you always want to remain positive and professional to the end.

As a side note; I always tell candidates to prepare for the managers that may be upset and simply tell you your notice is not needed and to leave immediately. Unfortunately, this happens often in workplaces when people resign. If you feel that this may happen, be sure you are prepared financially to potentially miss a week of pay and maybe even discuss a potential earlier start date with your new employer beforehand if it turns out your “notice” may not be needed.”


Thank you so much to all the bloggers that participated in this roundup! Let us know in the comments below if you have any questions and someone from our team will soon reply. Also, feel free to share with us your experiences about how you resigned from your old workplace when you get another job. Good or bad we would love to hear it. Thank you for being part of our community!

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