Resigning yourself to leaving: How to resign to your boss

You hate your job. You have found the next best thing. Either way, it has got to a point when you simply have to leave. Handing in a resignation can always be an awkward time, especially if you do not know your boss too well. Follow these simple steps and it can be a stress-free process.

When do I need to give my notice?

This will of course depend on what is termed on your work contract. Be sure to fully give your contract a read, so you know how far in advance you need to let your boss know that you are leaving. It is usually between two and four weeks. If the contract does not state anything, two weeks is a good measure.

If your boss says you need to stay longer than what your contract states, you have no obligation to stay, and remember, you may need to start somewhere else in a timely fashion. A way to compromise here is by suggesting that you could still help your current employer, but only by email and phone if necessary.

How do I quit exactly?

Formally, it is always best to write a letter and tell your next manager-in-line that you are planning to leave. This is always better than quitting by phone or e-mail. A letter will ensure that you keep a positive relationship with your old boss, so that you can get that all-important reference in the future.

When writing the letter, it is important to not mention too much why you are leaving; just mention it in passing. Essentially, you want to keep it short and sweet, with the focus being on that you are leaving, and just that. Focus on positive aspects of your employment, such as what you have learnt, but stating that it is time to move on. Finish by adding that you would be more than happy to help in any way during the transition of finding someone new. The thing to avoid at all costs is to be negative about anything. There is no point as you are leaving and you want to finish things on good terms.

What other details do I need to know?

Make sure you ask about any employee benefits that you will be entitled to when leaving. This could be extra salary, sick pay, or any rolling over holiday days. If you have any company property, such as keys, computers, phones, documents, or anything else that you technically do not own, you should give them all back accordingly. Not only will the company be annoyed chasing you for them, but you may face some financial penalties for holding onto it.

Anything else I need to ask?

Before you leave, be sure to ask for a letter of recommendation from your manager. One day, this will be useful, and by that point, your old manager may have forgotten about you or how you worked. A written and signed letter is always proof of your capabilities for potential bosses.

Leave with your head held high. Resigning does not have to be a chore.