Step by Step guide to Jobseeking
Step Six - How To Resign
You've accepted the job offer, you've negotiated the salary and there's only one thing left to do: resign from your current job.
Tell the boss
The first thing you'll need to do is tell your boss. Whilst you should certainly hand over a formal letter, before that you should sit down face-to-face and let your boss know informally, prepare what you're going to say beforehand and try and anticipate your boss's reaction. Be positive about your time at work and be grateful for the opportunities you've been given.
Once you've let your boss know verbally, you should hand over a typed letter of resignation. At the very least, your letter should include the position you are resigning from and the date you intend to leave. Although not essential, you might want to thank your employer for the opportunities you have been given and offer your willingness to ensure a smooth handover. Whilst constructive criticism is acceptable, don't get personal or you'll risk your reference and your reputation.
Finally, make sure you stick to the reasons you've given for leaving. Telling your boss one thing and your colleagues another risks compromising your professionalism and making your last few weeks feel awkward.
The counter offer
If you're a loyal employee and you've done a good job, the chances are your boss won't want to see you go. The most likely way an employer will try and make you stay is by offering you a pay rise either equal to or above what you've been offered in your new job.
You should take any counter offer seriously and carefully consider how you would feel about staying in the same job but with a better salary. This may help remind you of the other reasons you have for leaving and help you make your decision.
Your notice period
Whatever the length of your notice period, you're legally obliged to work it, unless your employer is willing to waive it. If you have a written contract of employment, you should find details of your notice period there, otherwise, you should allow between two weeks and a month.
Make sure you allow time to say goodbye to everyone and swap contact details with as many colleagues as you can. Moving jobs is a great way to extend your network and you may find you see some of your colleagues again sooner than you think.