How to Resign Professionally

For youJust as emotionally straining as a job interview are job resignations. Both are huge decisions to make and both processes arouse all sorts of feeling that may be unpleasant. While the changes from the transition kick in, the feeling of being in limbo, the fear of making the wrong choice and the fear of reprisal from your ex-boss will start – making that period of time fertile ground for your sense of professionalism to waver.

With that in mind, how can an employee leave without burning any bridges and diminishing any earlier accomplishments? The following are some tips that will assist you in moving to your new job with grace.

Crystallise your decision

Take time out to weigh your options and think about your decision. Reflect on what made you happy at your job, and what instances made you lose your passion for the job – which had left you with the bigger impression? It is best to hold off writing your resignation letter if you still have doubts of whether you are making the right choice. This will help to prevent you from making spur-of-the-moment decisions.

Write your resignation letter

While keeping to a professional and direct tone, draft a copy of your resignation letter with a detailed list of your reasons for leaving. Focus on your plans for the future and reiterate why your decision will help you achieve your goals. Re-read and edit your letter until it serves exactly its purpose.

Talk to your boss

Facing your boss squarely with your desire to leave can be a daunting task. The best way to not burn bridges with your departure is to set up a meeting so you can talk to him/her about your resignation properly. Use this time to thank him or her for providing you with a career opportunity. Talk about the points you have made in your resignation letter – but don’t let it become a therapy session, be straightforward and positive about it. He or she will inevitably probe about your next employer. Be sure to not disclose too much information or appear too enthusiastic, as your ex-boss can use them as “ammunition” during his/her counter offer, if any.

If your boss asks you to extend your stay, try to accommodate the request if you can to help you with a more pleasant exit. Not only that, it ensures a positive future reference from your soon-to-be ex-boss. The corporate world in Singapore is small and it is important to maintain a good relationship with your previous workplaces to not only improve your chances of getting a job in the future, but also to remain pleasant with each other in the event you have to work with them again.

DID YOU KNOW? According to jobsDB’s Employee Workday Profile survey, 53% of polled employers said that employees sent in the most resignations on a Friday.

Stay positive

Perhaps the best thing to do while serving your notice is to relax. Everyone will have to change jobs at some point of their lives in order to move to somewhere better, so instead of obsessing over the what-could-have-beens, think of the new opportunities that lie ahead in the future.

Maintaining positive energy and high self-esteem for the rest of your notice period will be essential, you still have to keep clearheaded at work while you train your successor and tie up loose ends.

Once the most difficult part of your resignation is over, you can move on to a new beginning at your new workplace without the burdens of your past workplace. Congratulate yourself on executing a seamless and hopefully, painless transition from one job to next!

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