How to Resign from Your Job Gracefully

Spring cleaning can extend far past just your physical belongings. It could very well mean it’s time for a refresh in your professional life too! If you’re looking for advice and guidance in the job searching process, there’s plenty of content out there for you. Heck, we’ve even talked about reasons why people look for new jobs to begin with…but what happens when you actually have to resign? There’s significantly less counsel for how to maneuver those conversations. You might not think it’s nerve-wracking until you actually have to do it. You may spend months fantasizing about being able to quit your job but might be perplexed as to how it should actually be done once you’re ready. Read on for our tips on how to resign with grace!
 
 
 
Don’t doubt your decision
Resigning from your job can truly feel like a breakup. And sometimes if you’re the one who decides to end the relationship, you might experience even more anxiety because if you end up unhappy with the outcome, the responsibility falls on you. In other words, you don’t want to regret the decision! That intensifies the pressure of the move. But the unknown is always scary! What you do know is that you felt compelled enough to look for new jobs in the first place. Trust that you’ve done enough research on the new venture ahead of you and push past those people-pleasing alarms in your head. Just because it feels uncomfortable in the moment doesn’t mean this isn’t the right decision for you.
 
Time it out
If you’re leaving for a new job, you’ll have discussed your new start date as you were negotiating your offer. This was the time to check back on the contract you have with your current company. Do you have to give a 30 days’ notice? Two weeks? 60 days? Or is there no mention of notice period? If there’s no stipulation about notice period, it’s generally good practice to still give at least 2 weeks’ notice in the US (Europe is closer to 30 days). So out of courtesy, make sure you’re respecting that! Oh, and be sure to put in your notice ONLY after you’ve signed and gotten confirmation that your signed offer has been received by your new company!
 
 Tell your manager first
You might have some super close work friends but be careful with sharing the news of your resignation before you talk to your direct boss. You wouldn’t want him or her to somehow find out from someone else that you’re leaving! Instead, ask to jump on a video or phone call and be direct from the start. You can say something like the following: “I have some bittersweet news I wanted to talk to you about. I’ve accepted a job offer elsewhere, and although it was a hard decision, I’m going to have to put in my resignation today.” No matter how excited you are to leave this job, keep this conversation as positive as possible. Now is not the time to blame your manager for any inconveniences, mishaps, or lack of support that may have occurred. Focus on the positives as much as you can so you don’t burn any bridges. And be prepared for a counteroffer…but whatever you do, DO NOT take a counteroffer (that’s a conversation for another day!)
 
 Get it in writing
Will you be paid out for your unused vacation days? Are you still owed commissions? Things like these, along with the date of your last day, should all be in writing and confirmed before you leave.
 
 Give a farewell
Depending on how big your company is, you’ll probably want to either let the whole company know you’re leaving, or at least your department / team. If you have direct reports or close colleagues, you should tell them the news directly, but on your last day you can use the below template to send a simple, yet graceful exit message to more general coworkers to you can ensure you’re leaving on a good note!
 
Subject: Next Chapter
 
Hi Team, 
 
Just wanted to send a quick note, as this will be my last day at [insert company name].
 
It has been an absolute honor to work alongside the best of the best. I’m grateful for everything I’ve garnered here, and I’ll miss the [insert team or company name] family, but I’ll be cheering you all on and look forward to seeing your success continue.
 
I will be handing off my projects to [insert name], so please contact him/her for any inquiries.
 
Please don’t hesitate to reach me at [insert personal email] for a good catch up going forward! This isn’t a goodbye, rather a “see you later.”
 
Warmly, 
[insert your name]
 
 
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And that’s it! Now go enjoy your new endeavor without the fear of any bridges being burned! 

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