How to Resign Like a Boss

The best way to resign from any job

Though you may have the urge to march into your boss’ office, letter in hand and smug look on your face, DON’T!

Instead, take a moment to read through a few strategies to help you smoothly and effectively quit your job without burning any bridges.

The Letter of Resignation

Though the letter may seem like a formality, it is actually one of the most important piece’s of a successfully executed resignation. Keep the content of the letter simple and concise. Get right to the point, and avoid using any negative language or connotations. Include the following points in your letter, but make sure to tailor the content to suit your needs.

If you can give ample notice, include these points:

  • You can work your full notice period (the legal definition of this may vary by state)
  • You are willing to help out with training and transition
  • You hope to remain on good terms with your employer, the organization and your colleagues

Be sure to include exactly when you can work until, and thank the organization for your work experience. Be polite and appreciative, but indicate that you are ready for a career move.

If you will only be able to give short notice, consider including some of the following points:

  • You need to leave for personal reasons (health-related, family etc)
  • You must begin working in a new position immediately
  • You would like to leave sooner than your contract specifies

Again, be polite, appreciative, and specific about dates.

Can’t I tell my employer what I really think?

If you enjoyed your job and your employer, than this isn’t an issue. Do go ahead and tell them. But, if you dislike some aspect, now isn’t the time to let them know. Just move on. You never know who you will meet again in the future.

Giving notice

You may have an employment contract which states that you are required to give a certain length of notice before your last day of work. This could be anywhere from two to six weeks, or  may be longer in certain situations. Your employer may prefer that you leave immediately, but then will need to pay you for that specified amount of time.

If you do stay on after you have resigned, be polite and help to hand over your work. You never know when and in what situation you will meet your former colleagues again.

Asking for references

Be strategic and certain about the references you provide to future employers. Be sure that you have asked the person who will be your reference if they would be willing to vouch for you. Even then, people may not be able to say no to you in person, but not give the glowing reference you were hoping to receive. Choose references that you know LOVE and value your work. Individuals who are articulate and concise in their communication styles will come across as strong references over the phone, so if you have a choice, consider that as part of your criteria.

On a final note, quitting can be difficult no matter how much you love or hate your job. Try not to become emotional. Be polite and grateful (just like your mom taught you).