Breaking up is hard to do. Whether you’re a seasoned veteran with a 20 year tenure or only been around a few years, it’s never easy to say goodbye. Resignations can be emotional, high pressure and difficult to navigate if you’re not properly prepared. While every company can be different in the way they handle resignations calling it quits could vary depending on your manager. Leaving you unsure of what to expect.
We always prep our candidates both emotionally and strategically prior to the resignation. It won’t be easy; after all you likely spend more time at work than you do with your friends and family. Keep it short and sweet. The less you attempt to explain yourself the less chances of brushing your manager’s ego or worse. Focus on the positive from the inception of the resignation until your last day of employment. This likely won’t be your last resignation, better not to burn any bridges.
The simple strategy for executing the resignation.
Focus on the positive. Thank them for the opportunity. Did you learn anything, did you grow? Have you enjoyed working with your team? Now’s the time to express gratitude for anything positive you experienced during your tenure.
Less is more. I’s better to simply state that you’ve decided to accept another opportunity and will be moving on. Your last day is x date. Here’s where it gets tricky. Sometimes employers will want to know the details of your next employer and position. Where are you going? How much are they paying you? Why are you leaving us? If this happens, just relax. You’re not obligated to answer. You can politely inform them that you prefer not to say. Or if you feel compelled to answer, keep it brief, focusing on the learning opportunities at your next role. Under no circumstance are you required to reveal the compensation package. Asking in the first place is in poor form. If you do answer, this will likely open up a new set of challenges known as the counter offer.
Counter Offers. Counteroffers usually involve offering more money, a promotion or future promises. The desperation or ego of your employer suddenly decides they need to do whatever it takes to keep you around. That is, just long enough to find your replacement. A counter offer should never be accepted under any circumstances. But, don’t take my word for it. Simply google the term “counter offer” and decide for yourself.
Keep quiet. Once you’ve executed a simple yet difficult conversation, exit the office quietly. Don’t discuss your resignation or new opportunity with any coworkers. This will only stir the pot. Stay positive and focused on your role until the end. You don’t want to give your employer any reason not to provide you with an excellent reference. And of course, resist the temptation of saying anything you’ll regret later, even if it’s warranted.
Easier said than done?
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