How to Resign Your Job with Grace

You have thought about it for a while and by the time you read this, you probably have also signed on a new job. Well, the only homework that can get tricky is how to resign from your current job. Not a lot of people talk about how to strategize one’s way out, and often times it can be nerve wrecking and awkward. So, how do you professionally bid your farewell to your current employer? These are the steps to ensure that you can resign your job with grace and calm:

1. Allow Ample Time for Notice

Read your contract and politely give your resignation notice according to the timeline listed there. This will allow you to provide transition to your team and wrap up projects, or perhaps you can also train a replacement. If your contract does not list the notice period, consider around 1 month to do so.

Another procedure you need to pay attention to is to alert the right person first, may it be your supervisor or directly to company’s CEO in private. Departure news travel fast and can sound wrong to others - no one loves being surprised of this news especially if it is coming through a grapevine. In this case, your employer or supervisor will consult you what to do on how to announce your leave to the rest of the team.

2. Overcommunicate in Writing

Regardless industries and type of your current work, it is important to formalize and clarify your intentions to leave in writing. Usually this would be done over emails or letter, and state when your expected last day is and layout on how you will help do transitions as well as plans to wrap up your projects. Why come up with a timeline? Most of the time, your employer usually hears you out and will give you the time you need to ensure all loose ends are tied up and to show that you care on what you do from start to finish.

3. Leave Calmly

You will never you whom you will bump into in the future. Just like when you applied to your first job, you also want to close the chapter with a very professional reputation. Leave confidently, stay in touch with your current colleagues and be calm in doing so.

This includes to reiterate on how appreciative and kind your colleagues and supervisors are. If your company asks you for your advise and feedback, use the opportunity but ensure you share honest and constructive advice (so ensure you are in a calm state of mind as it can get too emotional). In this case, once the team announcement has been made, you will be asked by your colleagues on the reasons of your departure. If you do not feel comfortable in explaining a lot of details, you don’t have to overexplain yourself, and instead say words such as “just moving on to a new place” or “sorry, but I don’t feel comfortable to talk about it”. This way they will respect your decision and you can walk out the door with grace.

These are few tips to make sure your current job exit does not go awkward. Be calm, be appreciative on what you have done in your current job and embrace your next professional adventure!