Help me Resign
If you resign and your employer decides to offer you a more attractive salary or overall job package in order to persuade you to stay, you have been "Counter Offered". Counter offers are more common that you might think. Recruiting quality people can be an expensive and time consuming process for employers and you might unexpectedly find yourself in a bargaining position.
If your employer tried to persuade you to stay by offering you a pay rise equal to, or above your new job offer you might first want to ask yourself why it took the threat to leave to bring it about. Most of us are easily flattered and the offer of money coupled with colleagues telling you "the place won't be the same without you" can easily make you forget the reasons you wanted to leave in the first place.
Don't feel guilty and always take the time to think the situation through carefully before responding to a counter offer. It is usually a good idea to discuss it with your friends and family who may offer a more objective viewpoint. Once you have made a decision, stick to it and handle the situation in a professional and courteous way for the benefit of all parties concerned. Don't go quiet on either the employer or Recruitment Agent acting on your behalf. Let them know your decision… you never know when you may need their assistance again.
How to Resign
There are right and wrong ways to resign, as with everything else in life, and getting it wrong can impact your career. Following these guidelines will help ensure that things go as smoothly as possible.
- Don't hand in your notice when you are angry or upset.
- Don't feel obliged to provide specific reasons for your resignation.
- Do write a simple letter stating the date from which your notice period will begin.
- Don't tell everyone else before you tell your boss.
- Inform your boss face to face and don't labour on negative points about the company.
- Don't feel obliged to tell you boss where you are going. It is your choice whether you disclose this information.
- Do be cooperative if you are required to help with a hand-over period.
- Do try to make sure your work is up to date and organised before you leave.
- Do think about what you will say if your boss makes you a counter offer.
- Do try to leave on good terms. A good reference is vital.