Before you draft your letter of resignation:
- Are you being paid enough?
- Do you get on well with your colleagues?
- Is the culture supportive?
- Is the training effective?
- Could you develop your role/be promoted?
If you answered yes to three or more of the above, you might want to reconsider your decision. If not, we’ve got some useful advice on how to resign.
Drafting a resignation letter
A resignation letter only requires:
- Your name
- Notice of termination of employment
- When this is effective from
- Your signature
Thanking your employer is optional, complaining is not. You should remain civil and professional throughout the resignation process.
Delivering a resignation letter
You can arrange a meeting with your manager and tell them you’re resigning. It’s quite dramatic but they’ll ask you to put it in writing. Avoid this thunder-stealing moment by taking a letter of resignation with you.
If your employer makes a counter offer, think carefully: will a pay rise or promotion make you happy? Will you feel comfortable with colleagues that know you wanted to leave?
The last days
They offered you shares and a company car but you stood firm. Make sure your boss knows how proactive you’ve been in completing your handover – they may be less ferocious when it comes to settling any outstanding salary, holiday entitlement or commission owed to you.