• Jo Wassell

Tips for Resigning Gracefully | Invoke Recruitment

Updated: Apr 7

How to Resign from Your Job Gracefully

The time has come for you to resign from your job. Quitting your job can be a daunting task, even if you're on the best of terms with your boss. And then, of course, you still have a few weeks or months left on the job. But don't worry, we're here to help. In this post, we'll share some tips on how to resign gracefully. So, whether you're leaving for a new opportunity or simply because you've had enough, read on for advice on how to make your exit as smooth as possible.

1. Plan for their response

Try to keep your emotions in check. Your employers may be surprised and concerned about the loss to the business if you leave your job. They may well react unpredictably. Think of what you want to say and write it all down. Be prepared for any questions that may come up such as...

  • Why now?

  • What can we do to make you stay?

  • What did we do wrong?

Try to focus on the positives of your time at the company. Outline why you are taking the role and focus on what it will do for your career. Try to remove any emotive elements from the discussion. They will undoubtedly try to entice you with a counteroffer but keep your focus on the goal you desire.

"I am grateful for the opportunity here. I feel that the next role is perfect for me because it has all the things I am looking for. I am excited about their training and progression plan for me. Thank you for your efforts. I have decided to accept the other role and I am happy with my decision."

Often, the conversation feels awkward and isn’t easy, so as much preparation as you can do ahead of time will help.

2. Resign face to face

It's tempting to send an email, but I would recommend that you meet face-to-face or via video.

There's something about resigning that just doesn't feel right over email. You want to be able to thank your boss for the opportunity they gave you and explain your decision in person.

Even if you resign verbally, write a resignation letter, it will serve as a formal record of you leaving.

3. Study your existing contract

Before resigning, make sure you have checked out any clauses around non-competes in your existing contract. Some companies are highly protective of their product, service, and client base. Just make sure you are aware of anything that might mean you have to leave the business straight away or may cause you some challenges further down the line.

You will also want to give your boss the right amount of notice that you’re leaving. Make sure you double-check your contract to see what they require from you. Sometimes, clients have felt compelled to stick around for an extra week (or even a month) out of loyalty to their current employer. Eventually, they start to feel like they’re not needed. No need to prolong the process!

4. Keep it short and sweet and positive!

No matter how fabulous or awful your boss is, it’s best to keep things short and sweet and positive!

It may be tempting to tell a manager what you think of them, but trust me it's only going to hurt you. I have spoken to a lot of people over the years who have got better jobs or promotions because of the relationships they formed with old colleagues. Leaving gracefully, will not only help you keep your relationships intact and allow you to leave your job on a professional note, but you will feel great about it.

Alternatively, you may be parting ways with colleagues you cherish. This can be emotional, and you want to save these sentiments for another time.

5. Keep it confidential

Try to keep your resignation confidential until the deed is done! Although challenging, resist the temptation of sharing your decision even with your closest colleagues.

6. Handle the transition

If you are resigning from a position, offer to train your replacement or help with the transition process. This will show that you are committed to making things easy for your employer, even though you are leaving.

Moving On

So, whether you're leaving your job to pursue a new opportunity or simply because you've had enough, remember these tips on how to resign gracefully. And don't forget, if you need any help along the way, our team at Invoke are here for you. Thanks for reading!

If you're thinking about moving on from your current position, then we have a number of free resources to help you with interview preparation and CV writing process. Just visit our free resources here.