You want to quit and leave your work. You are searching for a graceful and classy way to do it? Keep in mind that being courteous and shrewd about your resignation guarantees that you’ve given yourself the best possible shot at future success. However, the most important rule is to never quit and leave on bad terms because you somehow owe your employer, colleagues, business partners being a professional and a mature person.
Here are some key principles you can follow to help you resign in the best way.
Evaluate Your Situation – Make sure that resigning is the correct decision and that you really know what would be the pros and cons of your decision.
Check The Legal Aspects - Carefully review any legal documents you signed when joining and working at your current job. Be clear to understand the financial consequences a resignation might have on your life especially if you didn’t find another job yet.
Choose The Right Timing – Try to leave when you´re on a high note and not when you are burnt out. When you are sure that now is the best for you to leave, then just do it. Remember that you have only one life to live!
Do It Personally - Don´t be afraid to face your boss and tell him about your resignation and don´t send a resignation email or letter. Instead, request a meeting with him and tell him face-to-face. And most important: You have to inform your manager before anyone else does it.
Hand In A Resignation Letter – Write your resignation letter in a professional and non-emotional way. It should be a short, formal letter stating your intention to leave and by when.
Be Prepared To Answer About Your Reasons – As much as you can, try to be honest in a very tactful and respectful manner and be consistent about the reasons behind your resignation. Pay attention when you are saying anything negative or insular.
Anticipate The Reaction Of Your Boss – Whatever the attitude of your boss may be, try to stay professional and don’t lose your temper.
Anticipate The Reaction Of Your Company – Based on the history of resignations of ex-colleagues, be prepared for any scenario by the management of your company. Clear your personal files and remove your personal information and your belongings. Don´t take anything with you which is owned by the company.
Support A Smooth Transition – Complete all open assignments or any remaining work. Make an effort to train your replacement.
Respect Confidentiality – Don’t spread the word about your resignation before it is made official and you have talked to your boss and agreed with him on when and how to communicate it.
Don’t Be Negative – When you talk with your colleagues about your resignation, just be positive about how the company has benefited you, even if it’s time to move on. Stay discreet about your possible new job. Moreover, after you’ve left the company, don´t say anything negative about your former employer, manager, or colleagues.
Say Goodbye - Before you leave express a heartfelt goodbye and try to organize a farewell drink between colleagues.
Ask for a Reference – Try to have a reference letter before you leave.
Remember that the way someone leaves a job tells a lot about a person´s character. So handle yourself well!