How to hand in your resignation

There are right and wrong ways to resign, as with everything else in life, and getting it wrong can impact your career. Following these guidelines will help ensure that things go as smoothly as possible:

1: Don’t hand in your notice when you are angry or upset.

2: You do not need to provide a reason for your resignation.

3: Remember to put in writing your date of resignation and when your notice period will begin.

4: Tell your employer before you tell other work colleagues.

5: If called to a meeting with your employer do not labour on the negative points about the company or role you are leaving.

6: You do not have to tell your employer where you are going or indeed if you have another position lined up.

7: Be helpful in any hand over period.

8: Make sure your work is up to date and organised before you leave.

9: Think about what you will say if your employer makes you a counter offer.(See section about this in Career Centre)

10: Try to leave on good terms. A good reference is vital.