Got a new and exciting job but not sure how to break the
news to your current company? Don’t worry because we are here to help with this
guide on how to write a resignation letter.
Resigning can be quite a scary thing to do. You want to make
sure that you leave your current company on the best possible terms. This is
important as it can help with getting a good reference further down the line.
But it can also help with your professional reputation.
It is important to remember that resigning is never an easy
task, even if you hate your job. It can often be nerve-wracking. But it is
vital to ensure that your resignation is done tactfully.
Here are a few things to do before you hand in your
- Make sure you are prepared to leave
- Don’t give the impression that you are moving on
before you hand your resignation in. For example, don’t start removing photos
from your desk or taking things home until you have officially resigned.
- Save any files you will want after you leave to
a hard drive, Dropbox or Google drive or email copies to yourself.
One of the final things you need to do before you hand in
your resignation is to find out what notice period you are expected to give.
The normal notice period is usually one calendar month but make sure you double-check
as if you give an insufficient notice period the employer has the right reject
the resignation and require the employee to work the full notice period. Once
you have found out your notice period, you are ready to start compiling your
Once you are 100% sure of your notice period, you are ready
to start writing your resignation letter.
*This is the first blog in the two-part ‘The ultimate guide
to resigning’ series. The blog that follows entitled ‘The ultimate guide to
resigning: Part 2’ will focus on what needs to be included in your resignation
letter and how to write it.
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