How to avoid Common Pitfalls when
tendering your Resignation

Resigning is never a fun part of your departure from a job. When giving notice of your resignation, you should always supply a brief letter of resignation (download sample). The letter should include the date of your resignation and the position you are resigning from as well as your signature. Keep the letter short and to the point.  There should be no negative comments or lengthy explanation of why the new opportunity is better or a list of the internal problems of your current employer.

What you may experience when resigning:

1) You may feel guilty about letting the team down.

2) You may feel uncertainty about whether you are making the right decision.

3) Your boss may try to persuade you to stay, in some cases talking with you all day.

4) You may be counter-offered.

These feelings and experiences are natural and quite commonplace. Most employees experience one or more of them in the resignation process. It is important to recognize they will happen and to stick to your resolve.

What happens if you are counter-offered? . . . BE CAREFUL!

Research has shown that most employees who accept a counteroffer leave their companies within a year. You should consider the following points regarding counteroffers:

1) Examine your initial motivations for making a career move. Was it lack of intellectual growth, career development, or a personality conflict? It is unlikely that these concerns can realistically be addressed and resolved in a counteroffer.

2) Ask yourself why your boss is showing his or her appreciation for you just now. Is it only because keeping you on staff is less bothersome than going through the efforts of searching for your replacement?

5) Most employers will have lingering concerns about your loyalty to the company. Are you going to resign as soon as something more attractive comes along? These perceptions may affect your chances of promotion or receiving extra responsibility.

6) When you change your mind after accepting an offer from a new employer, you run the risk of damaging your credibility with both your current manager and the organization you were considering joining.

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