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Leaving Your Job on Good Terms

by on February 26th, 2011

Leaving Your Job on Good Terms

In today’s corporate world, a little respect can go a long way. What you say and do at your current job can have a profound effect on your career for years down the road. Turning in your resignation isn’t always easy. Even if you hate your job, hate your boss and can’t wait to start that new job; it can be difficult to resign tactfully.

Once you are 100% sure that you want to hand in your resignation, you need to ensure your handle your resignation as carefully as you would handle any other business endeavour. It’s wise to not burn bridges, as you never know when you will need your past employers for a reference.

Firstly you need to look at your employment contract as this will state how much notice you should give. To leave on good terms, you need to abide by the length of notice stated in the contract, however each employer is different and if you need to leave sooner to start a new position, let your manager know and in most cases you may be able to come to a compromise.

The first thing you will need to do is write a resignation letter. A resignation letter can help you maintain a positive relationship with your old employer, while paving the way for you to move on. You never know when you might need that old employer to give you a reference, so ensure your write a professional letter. You do not need to say too much about the reasons why you are leaving. Emphasize the positive and talk about how the company has benefited you, but, mention that it’s time to move on. Offer to help during the transition period and let them know you are happy to be available after you have left in any way. Ensure you are not negative about anyone or the company as you want to leave on good terms.

Once you have handed in your resignation letter ask for a reference letter from your manager. As time passes and people move on, it’s easy to lose track of previous employers. With a letter in your hand now you can provide that to any future employers.

You must also ensure that you return any company property you have – including keys, documents, computers, phones, and anything else that doesn’t belong to you. The company doesn’t want to chase you to get it back, and you don’t want to be held responsible if it’s not returned in a timely manner.


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