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By Dan Statham, Senior Consultant

Your interview was a success and you have received the call you have been waiting for – and the offer in writing – the job is yours! Now comes the time to tell your existing employer that you are moving on. Whatever your reasons for looking for a new job, it is important to remain professional and positive when tendering your resignation – you never know when you might cross paths again in the future.

Arrange a meeting. Always try to have a face to face meeting with your line manager and, as tempting as it may be to let something slip to your colleagues, make sure you speak to your boss first so they don’t hear about your intention to leave on the office gossip grapevine.

Spreading the word. Agree with your boss how and when your departure will be announced – they may wish to share the news with colleagues and clients or they could be happy for you to inform individuals yourself. Your contract may contain a clause preventing you from approaching clients in your new role – make sure you are aware of any such terms and that your communication remains professional.

Notice period. Check your contract for details on the notice period that you will be expected to work – this may be a fixed term or increase annually based upon your length of employment. Your new employer may like you to start sooner than your notice allows, but be respectful of your current company’s position and the time they will need to arrange your replacement. You may be able to use any holidays that you are owed as part of your notice period.

Gardening leave. Depending upon the role you are moving onto – if you are going to work for a direct competitor for example – your employer may place you on gardening leave for the duration of your notice period; whilst you will not actually be working during this time you are still being paid by your current company and will not be able to start your new role until after your official final employment date.

Be professional. Maintain a conscientious approach throughout your notice period and continue to perform your role to the highest possible standards. Don’t undo several years of good work by being lacklustre in your last few weeks – make sure you leave a great last impression as you never know you may come into contact with former colleagues once again in your new job.

Don’t be boastful. It’s only natural that you will be excited about your new position but try to avoid bragging about it too much to your colleagues – and don’t put down your current employers, remember your peers will still be working there after you leave!

Handover period. You may be asked to help your replacement get up to speed before you leave; be professional and remember that they will be as keen to impress in their new job as you will be in yours. If you are departing before someone has been recruited, try to complete any projects as best you can and prepare detailed notes so the transition is as smooth as possible.

Exit interview. Be constructive with your feedback and look share positive experiences as well as highlighting areas and offering suggestions where you think your employer can make improvements.

Your last day.   You want to leave with a good reputation so make sure you remain professional to the end; take the time to say goodbye to colleagues and senior managers. You will be remembered as much – if not more – for how you conduct yourself during your final weeks with the company.


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