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Congratulations – you’ve just secured a new role! Take a look at our advice on how to hand in your notice to ensure that you leave your current employer in the most professional way.

Firstly, you are likely to be excited about the new opportunity that awaits you however, make sure that you have received a formal job offer and a copy of your contract before you speak to your current manager.

Depending upon the size of the organisation you are currently working in, there may be a very clear procedure that you need to follow.

Whilst your resignation will need to be put in writing, you will more than likely need to request a meeting to tell your manager in person beforehand. Your resignation letter should be addressed to whomever you directly report to and, even if you have a less formal relationship with your line manager, this correspondence should remain factual and business-like.

Your letter of resignation should be given to your line manager during your meeting, keeping a copy for your own records.

There are some key points that your resignation letter should address and it is important that you check any specific terms and conditions of your contract before penning your notice. These include the date, a brief outline of your intention to leave your role and, based upon your required notice period, your expected last date of employment.

It is important that you remain professional, and you shouldn’t tell others in the organisation of your intention to leave before you have had the opportunity to speak with your line manager. You should also both agree how and when other team members will be informed and what plans need to be put in place to communicate the news to any clients, customers or suppliers that you deal with as part of your role.

Generally, it is not necessary to include your reasons for leaving within your resignation letter although these may be highlighted during the conversation with your line manager. You may also have the opportunity to partake in an exit interview; in both cases it is worth remembering that it is important to maintain good relationships for the remainder of your time work there – any beyond – and whilst you should be able to speak about why you have come to your decision you should always convey these constructively and professionally.

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