The world we live in is just a small world. Even when it comes to moving from one job to the other, you’ll never know when in the future you’ll be working once more with the people from your former job. It goes without saying that one should act professionally in the professional world.
On that note, if you are planning on resigning from your current job, there is a tactful way of turning in your resignation letter. Regardless of your reasons why you’re leaving your current post, the protocol for resignation must be met just the same. Professionalism, civility and etiquette are the ones you mustn’t leave out when leaving your job.
So how do you do this as tactfully as possible? Well, you need to consider a few things.
Giving Early Notice
It is normal to give notice that you are resigning early on. Giving it two weeks or even a full month beforehand is considered standard. This is even before you submit a resignation letter. But you might want to check the policies of the company, and the terms you agreed to upon hiring. Some companies might even terminate an employee upon handing a resignation letter. Others, however, don’t.
Offer Something Before You Go
Sure hiring and training a replacement takes off time and money on the company. Just so you don’t leave a bad impression, you can offer to help out with finding a replacement. You can recommend someone you know who can deliver the same caliber as yours. Also, you can volunteer to train the replacement for a few days, until he or she gets the hang of the job. You can declare all these intents on or before the day you tender your letter.
Not Just About Done
When you hand in your resignation letter, it doesn’t mean you can just storm out of the office building. If there are tasks you need to finish, do so competently – as though you’re not resigning. Do your best to complete your remaining works, and remember to submit detailed reports to your supervisor or boss. It will also make it easier for the new employee to know where to begin.
Never point out reasons why you are leaving your current post – especially if they won’t say anything good about the company or your employer. In your resignation letter, simply state something that pertains to pursuing other opportunities. Whether or not you love your current job or boss, it doesn’t matter: just tender a short and professional letter without any bad mouthing involved.
Just Before Leaving
Make sure you have updated contact information of your current supervisors and coworkers. Get all your personal belongings out of the desk or cubicle your replacement will use. If there’s an exit interview, grace it with your presence. And be sure to thank everyone for their support and understanding! This gratitude should also be part of your resignation letter in the first place.
Just remember to never burn bridges. Again, it’s a small world – including the corporate world. You’ll never know when again you’ll be working for or with the people in the company you’re leaving. Wouldn’t it be downright awkward to be in the same room again with people who you once left rudely and disrespectfully?