Resignation

No not mine! Just a helpful list of do’s and dont’s for when leaving your job. Remember, it’s a small world especially up North…

Do

  • Tell your boss face-to-face. Be brave and just tell them outright
  • Give CONSTRUCTIVE criticism if you have to, but stick to the facts and keep it relevant to why you’re leaving (e.g. the pay is lower than at the new job, there wasn’t enough training, there’s no room for promotion here)
  • Be prepared: your boss might ask you to stay and offer you more money or a better position. It’s a good idea to be ready to negotiate
  • Be helpful – hand over your work properly with explanations about how you do things and if there’s anything outstanding that they need to pick up
  • Remember colleagues could be good contacts for the future… Give them your number and ask them to stay in touch

Don’t

  • Hand in your notice when you are feeling angry or upset – stay calm and cool
  • Focus just on the negative points of your time in your job. EVERY job has some good points
  • Refuse to work your notice period. If it’s in your employment contract then it’s legally binding
  • Go straight on Facebook and start slating your old job – not nice and possibly slanderous!
  • Make things awkward for the people left behind. If other people don’t like their jobs don’t boast and make them feel bad
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