You have just received your new and exciting job opportunity you are aware what the notice period is and it is now time for you hand over your letter of resignation; please find below some tips and advice about how to handle a sometimes tricky situation.
Your resignation letter should be to the point and short and sweet. This should include no negative comments which could compromise your previously pristine employee file. The letter should instead focus on your new role and the new company. You are not obliged to disclose details of your new salary.
This meeting is best had face-to-face with your manager; make sure it has defined time-scales to give you control over what may be a potentially uncomfortable situation. Keep your language as unemotional and businesslike as possible; this isn’t an opportunity for you to get everything off your chest. Your reference still hangs in the balance and a sincere offer to help with the handover process will set you in good stead. Some companies have a policy of asking you to leave immediately if you’re going to work for a competitor. Be prepared if this is the case.
In case of a counter offer
A counter offer might make sense for your employer as it will be expensive to replace you. They may tempt you with more money, a promotion, more holiday, whatever it takes. As flattering as it is, there are disadvantages to accepting a counter offer; your employer may trust you less, you won’t be able to resuscitate the offer you’ve just worked so hard for and it’s unlikely that the circumstances that led you to look for another job will change. Research also shows that many employees accepting a counteroffer choose to leave within a year of doing so.
Your notice period
Always maintain a profession approach within your notice period. It is vital to not burn any bridges and to retain your glowing reference. Therefore provide a comprehensive handover and always make sure you carry on working the official hours.
The exit interview helps a company gather constructive feedback to pass on to your successor. Keep this positive and constructive, you never know if you will be working together in the future.
To contact one of our specialist consultants call 0207 492 0700 or email: enquiries@