There comes a time in everyone’s career when you feel the need to move on. Maybe the job has become stale, you need a new challenge or feel you are ready for promotion which is not available at your current workplace. It can be a daunting prospect especially if you have been in your current position for a while but new horizons bring new opportunities. Usually the first step is to find a new job with better prospects. Then you need to prepare your resignation.
Finding the Right Words
Even if you dislike your job or some of the people you work with, you need to keep positive in your resignation letter, after all, you never know if you might bump into these people again. The letter should state why you are leaving – promotion or moving away from the area for example – and how much notice you are giving. Also thank the company for the opportunities it has provided and state how much you have enjoyed working there. There are templates online if you are stuck for words. It is polite to hand deliver the letter to your line manager rather than just send it by email.
If you have to give a long period of notice, say three months or more, you may feel inclined to resign before you have another job to go to. If there are plenty of jobs available, this is one option as you will not have to tell your new or prospective employer that they will have a long wait for you.
If you are owed holiday, then you can use this time to fully research and prepare for interviews while still being paid. A lot of the research can be done online or through agencies, especially if you are looking for roles in areas like clinical staffing as agencies and firms offer clinical staffing solutions for various companies.
Many companies now carry out exit interviews which are usually carried out by your line manager or someone from human resources. These can be awkward as they are designed to find out why you are leaving. Again, it pays to be polite but you can be doing your colleagues a favour if you politely point out any areas for improvement through constructive feedback.