Handing your notice in to a manager you have worked with for a period of time is never an easy task and it shouldn’t be underestimated. Planning what you’re going to say and how you’re going to say it is going to be vital. Remember, it costs employers a lot of time, money and effort to recruit new members of staff as well as the disruption to the department. Recruitment Avenue’s tips for handing in your notice:
- Practice – Write down what you want to say and list the reasons why you are leaving
- Practice with a partner/friend to build confidence
- Be firm and assertive but always remain professional
- Thank your manager for all their time and effort but reinforce that your mind is 100% made up and that you would like them to respect your decision
- Have a resignation letter with you and get a leaving date confirmed
- Be selective on the reasons why you’re leaving or where you’re going. This information will only be used to sell against your new opportunity
Three examples of how your employer may react to you handing in your notice:
- They may thank you for your time and hard work and wish you all the best in your next role. That’s the easiest response to get as the employer has accepted your resignation. However, still make sure it’s official with your resignation letter and leaving date secured.
- They may take it personally and are difficult about the whole situation. Fortunately, it’s not that common, however you need to remain professional and rise above this and remember you’re doing it for your best career interests.
- They may counter offer. All of a sudden you gain a promotion and a pay rise due to your resignation. Sometimes this is enough to persuade you to stay; however beware that 90% of all counter-offer candidates leave within 6 months as the underlying issues never go away.
Always remember the reasons why you started to look for a role in the first place.
We wish you all the best The Recruitment Avenue Team