I don’t know about you, but when I think about my career, some of my fondest moments had to do with resigning from my current job in order to pursue something new and exciting.
I know everyone says that this is a trend for millennials [which does have some truth], but in my case, it’s always been because a new opportunity, aligned with my skills and experience presented itself. I’m a firm believer that when it’s time to move on, it’s time. If you aren’t happy in your current job, or feel that you’ve reached your personal glass ceiling, or even that it’s just time to do something new – there’s no reason to wait.
Just last month, one of my nearest and dearest blog friends, Schnelle, resigned from her 9-5 to open her own company and blog full time. [insert slow clap]. I was so happy for her that I was in tears when she told me.
Some of us may be resigning to go into business for ourselves, or some of us may be resigning for a new role within an organization – either way, there is a skill to resigning properly. Below I have one of my very first YouTube videos giving you 7 tips on how to resign from your job.
And just in case you can’t listen to the whole video, here are the 7 tips:
KEEP YOUR JOB SEARCH AS DISCRETE AS POSSIBLE.
I know you probably have phone screenings, multiple rounds of interviews and presentations to prepare for the potential new job, right? All while you’re still working on the current role. In order to make this process as smooth as possible, try not to abuse all of those sick days that you’ve been hoarding. Schedule interviews in the very beginning of the day or towards the end of the day so you only have to call out of work for half a day. Also, when possible, clear your own schedule so the secretary doesn’t have to rush to cover or reschedule your meetings when you call out sick.
BEGIN CREATING A TRANSITION PLAN FOR YOUR CURRENT ROLE.
It’s not uncommon for employees to really start to relax after they give notice. We get it. You’ve got 2 weeks left so why bother? But if you don’t want to leave your employer with a bunch of loose ends and unfinished projects, start creating your transition plan to make the process easier. The plan should include the following:
- A breakdown of all current projects
- Status updates on anything that was in the planning stages
- Key contacts used for collaborations inside and outside of the organization
- Status updates for any employee that reports directly to you
- Any general best practices or tips for the new person who will fulfill your role
I know you might think that this is a bit much, especially if your predecessor didn’t even leave an extra pen in your office, but your supervisor will be grateful.
GIVE 2 WEEKS NOTICE (OR MORE) AFTER YOU RECEIVE THE FORMAL OFFER LETTER.
Repeat after me: “I solemnly promise to NOT resign from my current job until I have a formal offer letter from human resources.”
You don’t have the job, until it’s in writing that you have the job. Period. They can call you and introduce you to the team and then call you back saying “Ooops – plans changed,” or “Something came up in your background check”. If you don’t have an offer letter, you don’t officially have a new job.
Giving 2 weeks notice is the standard in most industries, as well. Even if your new employer pushes to have you start earlier, try to negotiate a timeline that won’t leave your current employer at a disadvantage.
WHEN YOU RESIGN, TELL YOUR SUPERVISOR FIRST.
Even if you don’t have the best relationship with your direct supervisor, you still need to inform them that you are moving on before you spread the news to the office. It’s not a good feeling to find out that one of your employees is leaving from overhearing them tell another colleague or someone sending an email to ask a question regarding the transition. Tell your direct supervisor, then your immediate colleagues, then the rest of the world.
DON’T TAKE VACATION OR SICK TIME AFTER YOU RESIGN
Every employer has their own rules about this, so check with human resources before taking a vacation or sick day after you resign. In almost every case, it’s significantly frowned upon unless you already had something on the calendar that is non-negotiable. Some employers will even refuse to pay out any accrued time if you opt to call out after you give notice. The bottom line is that you’ve got 2 measly weeks left. Try to schedule your start date at the new job a little later so you can take a full week in-between to relax and unwind.
HAVE REFERRALS READY FOR YOUR CURRENT ROLE
If you are looking for extra credit to really keep yourself in good standing at your old job, having referrals ready to go for your old position is always a good idea. It’s a great opportunity to help someone out in your network, and assist your office in recruiting a new team member.
BE AVAILABLE (WITHIN REASON) FOR QUESTIONS AFTER YOUR END DATE
Please note the “within reason” clause above. If you get a phone call a month after you leave asking where you left an important file, it would be nice if you responded within a reasonable timeframe. Now, if your old boss is asking to conference you into the weekly staff meetings or constantly emailing you to ask for information, a conversation needs to be had. You no longer are being employed by the company, and are most likely busy getting acclimated to the new job, so boundaries need to be set. Be available, within reason – but make sure that you are not being abused.
Do you have any additional tips?