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Resigning from a role can be a stressful experience, particularly if you are leaving friends and a brand that you have worked tirelessly for over the years.  

It is imperative that you leave an employer on good terms for future references - it's just what professionals do.  Remember, you never know what might happen in the future and it's always good practice to part company on a positive.

If executed correctly and professionally and, perhaps after an initial shock and possible emotional outburst (!), most employers will accept and understand why you are looking to move on in your career.

Next: How to manage and work through your notice period

Five  Hints And Tips On Resigning
 

1) Request a formal meeting with your boss - don't just slam the resignation letter down under his nose first thing on a Monday morning.  Detail that you have to urgently meet with your boss in a private area to discuss an urgent matter

2) There is a great website called: www.i-resign.com/ that details a number of solid templates for helping you write your resignation letter.  These are pretty 'straight and to the point' but will form a good foundation for your resignation letter.

3) Prepare a carefully worded resignation letter detailing what you've learned and enjoyed during the time at the business.  Detail, in positive terms, the reasons why you have decided to move on.  Focus on the many positives that excite you in your new role that are, perhaps, not available in your current role.  Never be derogatory about the company or individuals within the company!  By taking the time to write a comprehensive resignation will prove to your boss that your resignation is not a knee-jerk reaction or done 'on a whim'.  Keep a copy for the future as it often helps you to remember why you've made your major life decisions.

4) Detail your understanding of the notice period that you are contracted to and detail a provisional leaving date.  If you are hoping to leave sooner than the end of your notice period then detail handover targets that you will achieve prior to leaving and request a more favourable date.  In sales roles, it is rare that sales professionals are kept to their entire notice period and often you are placed on 'garden leave' on full pay until the end of your notice period.  Officially you are not able to work for your new employer during this period but it is a terrific time to plan and research.  

5) Be prepared that the meeting may have an initial emotional sting; particularly if your resignation comes as a complete surprise.  If things do turn nasty, which is extremely rare,  simply politely request that the meeting reconvenes in 30 minutes.  This is adequate time for your boss to regain composure and for the shock to 'sink in'
 

How To Manage A Counter-Offer - Or Offer Of Improved Status, Responsibilities, Benefits To Stay
 

When I mention 'counter offer', probably a third of all candidates have no understanding of what a 'counter offer' actually is - I guess it's recruitment jargon!  In essence, it is a revised offer countered by your current employer upon receiving your resignation.   Normally this will compete with, or better, the offer received from your prospective new employer.

A counter offer could take many different forms - additional benefits, commitment to training and development, additional responsibilities, enhanced status, etc.  Normally it is a straight pay increase.  

  • Why Would An Employer Offer You An Improved Package Or Role To Stay After You Have Resigned?

You have to question why it has taken your resignation to achieve an enhanced role, package, etc and quite where the budget is coming from to afford this?  
 

Six  Reasons Why Your Boss May Offer You A 'Counter Offer'?

  • You might be one of the top sales performers - how is he going to reach his quarterly sales target (and quarterly sales bonus!) without you?

  • The timing might be bad with staff going on leave and she needs all of the staff she has for the next quarter

  • She may be considering keeping you for the short term until she finds your replacement before making your role untenable forcing you to eventually leave anyhow

  • He may be wondering how your resignation will affect him - how will it look to the board, yet another resignation!

  • She may want you to finish a project or tender process that you've started.  Upon completion, your services may no longer be required!

  • Recruiting is time-consuming and expensive - does she have the time and the budget at this point to recruit and train a new employee?

Continue to read about managing a counter offer.

 

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