your mind up. Is this really the right step? If you're not sure,
make a list of pros and cons and run it past a friend or family
member. Knowing why you're moving on will help you stick to your
guns if your resignation prompts an emotional response - or a
tempting counter offer.
the resignation letter brief and to the point. It should include:
your name, your boss's name, your intent to resign and the
get personal. If the first version of your letter reads like an
indictment for war crimes, file it in the bin and start
ample notice. Check your contract for your notice period. If there
isn't one, 2-4 weeks is courteous.
your boss first. He or she will appreciate the chance to digest
the news before breaking it to the rest of the team.
possible, resign in person. This takes guts, but as they say: no
pain, no gain. Come to the point quickly and hand over your little
clear what happens with the financials, such as holiday pay, bonus
outstanding, season ticket or other loans.
sure your boss knows that you're keen to help with finding a
replacement and tidy up so that you can make an orderly handover.
You still need that reference.
for a written testimonial - many companies will confirm dates only
on official references but your boss might be persuaded to pen a
few complimentary words which would be a good addition to your CV.
on a bright note. When your last day comes, make the rounds with a
smile. You may be moving on, but it helps to be remembered fondly.