6 helpful tips to minimise stress when resigning

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6 helpful tips to minimise stress when resigning

We have all been here, that dreaded moment when you need to let your boss know you are resigning.  On one hand you are so thrilled about your next job and career path, but on the other you are terrified that you may be letting your current workplace down.

Always remember, this is about you, and that this is all part of the working life cycle.

It is up to each individual to decide how to resign, to either verbally deliver the news and then follow up with a signed letter/email, or simply deliver a letter of resignation (email is acceptable). However, it is essential to give your resignation in writing on a dated document.

Here are our top 6 helpful tips on ‘how to resign’:

  1. Make sure you include the essential information.  Every resignation letter should be addressed to the correct person, ideally your direct Manager. It should include:
  •  the date of resignation
  •  the name of the position you are resigning from
  • the date that you will finish at the workplace- in accordance with your employment contract. (Please ensure you review your current employment contract to confirm your notice period)
  1. Always Thank your employer. If you look back at your time at your workplace I am sure you will find that you have achieved something great either personally or professionally, learnt some new skills or systems, and overall enhanced your resume in some way. It is only fair enough to say Thankyou. After all the workplace has been paying your wages!
  2. Always leave on a positive note.

In a smaller marketplace like New Zealand,  it is even more important to leave on a positive note, you just never know when you will cross paths again. If you feel like it, it’s always nice to mention a great memory at the workplace, something you are thankful for, whether it be from a personal or professional achievement.  Understanding for some people, at this stage sometimes it is hard to think of the positives, but you can always focus on a personal achievement.

Always remember, people are remembered by how they leave organisations, so it is in your best interest to make it a positive exit.

  1. Now is not the time to rant!

The resignation letter is not the time to bring up any issues or unhappy memories. If you really need to speak to someone about any issues, you can request a verbal exit interview with Human Resources or your Manager.

  1. Relationships and reference requests.

Networks and relationships are important when building your career. Always aim to keep the lines of communication open. For instance, you may need a professional reference, or you may need some advice or assistance somewhere along the line, or you simply may end up at the same social or workplace occasions. You just never know where you, old colleagues or Managers are going to pop up next.

  1. Use a standard template. This can minimise stress. This will keep things on task and reduces the overwhelm. Please feel free to contact Analog Recruitment to discuss a suitable template.

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