Sep 21, 2017

30 Career Experts Teach You How To Resign Gracefully – Part 7

A new job is an amazing opportunity. It can help you advance professionally, get a better-paid salary, and meet new people. In order to not have a large gap between two jobs, it is better to search for the new job while you are still working on your current one. The problem is what you do when you found something else that you like, you got accepted after the interview, and now comes the moment to resign from the job that you have.

It’s always a challenge to tell your manager that you are quitting. If you have a good relationship with him or her, he or she can be shocked and disappointed by your choice. If the relation is already not so great between you too, then if you are not careful, you may end up by burning bridges for good by sharing all your resentments. Although that is exactly what you shouldn’t do.

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?

This is the seventh part of this interview series. You can check the previous post on this topic here.


Jane Finkle – Career Visions


Jane has over 20 years experience in helping individuals with career assessment, planning, job search strategies, and workplace adjustment. Prior to founding Career Visions, Jane served as Associate Director of Career Services at the University of Pennsylvania, where she designed and administered career programs, developed resources, and provided career counseling and advice on employment trends for students and alumni of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Wharton School.

The most important piece of advice is to leave on good terms. You may want to approach your former boss in the future for advice or for a recommendation.

1. Follow the employer’s human resource policy on how much notice is required.

2. It is best to inform your supervisor in person that you have accepted a new position.Click To Tweet

If your supervisor isn’t located in your office, give them a call. This gives you both a chance to negotiate your last day of employment. Even if there is tension in the relationship between you and your supervisor, treat him or her with respect and speak with them in person or on the phone. Avoid using Email or Text to announce your resignation.

3. Compose a Letter of Resignation that expresses gratitude for your experience at the company if it was primarily positive. You might highlight how much you learned from working with your boss or an example of a positive experience. Be sure to note in the resignation letter your last day of employment.

4. Set up a meeting or call with your supervisor to discuss a realistic timeline for completing projects. Be clear about what you can accomplish before your last day.

5. Consider requesting an Exit Interview with Human Resources.This gives you an opportunity to express any negative or positive experiences with your boss, senior management or the company. You might also offer suggestions of how to improve policies or procedures. Avoid attacking your boss or colleagues.

6. Stay in touch with your supervisor and colleagues. You should consider them part of your professional network. They could prove to valuable contacts as you continue to develop your career.

Jana Tulloch – Tulloch Consulting

Jana Tulloch

Jane is an independent HR professional, able to step in and assist organizations in a contractor consultant capacity particularly in the areas of labor & employee relations. General HR assistance in the areas of attendance management, duty to accommodate, performance management & coaching, policy & procedure development, recruiting & selection.

The best advice I would give someone about to leave their current role for another position is to not burn their bridges. Keep up the great work, keep it professional at all times, and leave the best impression you can as you walk out the door; you never know when you may need to rely on your company connections going forward.

Everything is about relationships, and how we establish, maintain, and leverage them in our careers.Click To Tweet

Your biggest cheerleaders maybe those around you; stay in touch with your soon-to-be former colleagues and build a strong network of individuals who can speak to your talents and the value you bring to an organization. And in the event your dream job doesn’t turn out as you expect, leaving on great terms may allow for you to return to your previous or another role with the company.

While it also may be tempting to start saying all of those thoughts you’ve had in your head that drove you to look for a new position in the first place, they are all better left unsaid – unless you’re in an exit interview and the comments can be conveyed constructively. Keep it positive, upbeat, and constructive. Complaining and coming across as overly negative won’t win you any friends, and may just make the others happy that you’re leaving.

Lastly, keep up the great work. Wrap up your projects properly, and make sure you let your clients know who is taking over your responsibilities. Prepare what you can for the next person to fill your position and make it easy for them to pick up where you left off.

Richard Lowe Jr – The Writing King

Richard Lowe

Richard Lowe Jr left his 20-year long career as a leader and manager at Trader Joe’s Company to pursue his dream of becoming a professional author and writer. Since that time, he has ghostwritten 12 books and authored 58 more under his own name and publishing company.

My advice when someone leaves a company (and this is what I did when I left Trader Joe’s 4 years ago) is to ensure their position is totally written up. This especially means to document any people vital to getting things done.

Each of us gains contacts as we network in the course of our job to get things done.Click To Tweet

A new person who has to rebuild these from scratch will be at a great disadvantage.

Documenting procedures, especially those that are “work around’s” is vital. People come up with ways to get around flaws in systems and processes or to get things done in spite of rules, and these all need to be put down for the new person.

On another note, BEFORE giving notice, make sure you’ve gone through your desk, files, notes, and everything else and brought home anything that belongs to you (don’t take company property.) This is because some companies may want you to leave immediately and may not give you access to your personal property until they get a chance to go through it (especially anything on your computer.)

Finally, ensure that anything personal has been removed from your company computer, phone, tablet, email, contacts or anything else. While you should always keep personal files to a minimum on work computing resources, just do a thorough look to ensure you’ve retrieved and removed your stuff. You will almost certainly not be able to get to it after you give notice.

Thank you so much to all the experts that participated to this roundup post! Please share this post on social media with your followers.

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