TAKING THE FIRST STEP ON YOUR PROFESSIONAL JOURNEY
When the time comes to resign your position it may seem like a daunting and intimidating task. You know resigning will impact your current employer and you want to handle it professionally. Perkins Professional Search (PPS) can help coach you through the resignation process. Here are a few guidelines that we recommend:
LEAVE ON GOOD TERMS
The goodwill you have created while employed builds your integrity and professionalism and will follow you throughout your career. That is why it is critical to leave in good standing.
Standard practice is to give your present employer two weeks notice after one year of employment. However, the length of time may be already defined in your employment contract. In this case, follow the terms of the agreement. In many instances, it is not uncommon to give four weeks notice depending on the work environment or extenuating circumstances.
COMMUNICATING YOUR NOTICE
PPS recommends that you practice proper etiquette and speak to your immediate supervisor in person first. Giving your notice of resignation in person maintains your relationship and professionalism. When you speak, be calm, professional, and matter-of-fact.
After you have spoken with your supervisor giving your verbal notice, submit a formal letter of resignation. A written letter should communicate your reasons for resigning, state when your last day of employment will be and it should express the gratitude for the opportunity you had in your role.
During the remainder of your employment, it is paramount to remain professional at all times. Complete your work in a timely manner and communicate to your supervisor any outstanding work that needs to be followed up on. Leave your space clean and tidy. Use the Golden Rule – leave your former workplace the same way you expect your next employment to be on your first day.