Making the choice to move to a job at a new company is not one to be taken lightly, so you likely have many valid reasons to move on.  If you are at the point of resigning, it means you have gone through the trouble of searching for a new job, brushing up your resume, and participating in multiple interviews. 

The last step is to notify your employer that you will be leaving.  Simple, right?  Not quite.  You may not be aware of the common blunders employees make, so here are three tips to help you properly resign.

#1 Don’t Accept a Counteroffer

First and foremost, you should never accept a counter offer when you submit your resignation. Of the individuals who do accept a counteroffer, 95% of them are gone within a year, either being let go or leaving of their own accord.  The reasons for not accepting a counteroffer vary, but a few to consider are:

  1. The circumstances leading to your decision to depart will not change.
  2. If the reason is financial and you are offered more money, where has this money been up to this point?
  3. Your offer to leave will not be forgotten; it’s like a bone fracture on an x-ray. Once fractured, a bone injury is always recognizable. The same applies to human relationships.
  4. The employer may have been caught off-balance and may offer more money to keep you until a suitable replacement can be found.

It will be beneficial to you in the long run if you stand firm in your decision to move on.

 #2 Give Two Weeks’ Notice, No More

Secondly, never offer more than two weeks’ notice. Once you resign, many companies have a policy of escorting you off the premises quickly. If permitted to work out your notice, you will quickly find yourself tying up loose ends, but not being invited to participate in future events. I have spoken to numerous people who have voiced regret after give more than two weeks’ notice.

#3 Keep It Simple

Lastly, your resignation letter should be short and sweet, no more than two or three sentences.  Keep in mind, this document will endure long after you have departed.  If anything else needs to be communicated, we recommend doing it verbally by participating in (or requesting, if none is offered) an exit interview.  I’ve included a sample resignation letter below:   

I respectfully submit my resignation to be considered effective at close of business on (date).  I sincerely appreciate the opportunities and courtesies that have been extended to me during my tenure of employment.  Sincerely,

If you keep this advice in mind, you can make a fresh start without any lingering negativity from your previous job.  Best of luck in your new endeavor!

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