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How to resign from a job

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10:30 AM | 26 September 2014
by Will Moir
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If you're in a job you don't like, or it's just time to move on, the business of resigning can be a little tricky. Especially if you've never done it before. Here's a few important things you should keep in mind if you're looking to make an exit. 

Clean up your computer

Delete personal files, emails, photos. But obviously remember to keep important files backed up.

Leave out the insults

Don't needlessly criticise your job or your colleagues. No matter how much you hate your job, don't say it, don't write it. It is incredibly rude and can come back to haunt you. Plus, there's no point burning bridges if you don't have to.

Give notice

If you have a contract then you'll probably be required to give at least a certain amount of notice. If you've found something new, try to let your employer know as soon as possible - it gives them time to find your replacement and helps prevent too much disruption. Be careful though, avoid telling your employer that you are beginning to look for another job, they may find a replacement and kick you out before you find something.

Write a resignation letter

A formal letter to your employer is standard resignation etiquette. At the very least, it should inform them of the date you are leaving. You could go into more depth about why you are leaving and how you've enjoyed your time at the company.

Don't be negative

When discussing with your co-workers, talk about all the positives the job has brought you, you don't want to leave on a negative, some of these people may still remain your friends.

Offer to help

You'll probably be expected to hand off your clients and projects to either your replacement or someone who's temporarily covering your duties. But there may still be more to do during the transition faze and it's polite to offer help and it's an easy way to be remembered fondly.

Ask for a reference

If they are willing to, a reference can be vital in finding a new job, whether it's a paragraph on LinkedIn or the availability to be phoned by future employers.

Don't forget to say goodbye

I mean, come on, thats just rude.

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