Your job search efforts have finally paid off! Congratulations! You received a fantastic new job offer for a great company. You are looking forward to the new challenges, responsibility, and work/life balance. But, there’s just one catch. You have to submit notice to your current employer. They may be surprised, or not. You are just not sure how they are going to react to your news.
The truth is, you are not alone. Many individuals admit they are nervous about submitting their resignation for a variety of reasons. It could be an emotional goodbye, guilt about work left behind, or concern that their manager will react angrily. However, in order to take the next step, this is an important necessary action. And, more importantly, how you resign and how you conduct yourself during the notice period may influence your career reputation long-term. Therefore, it is important to manage your career transition with professionalism.
Here are some key pointers:
Provide your resignation to your manager in person, if possible.
Your manager should be the first person you tell (other than your significant other). It is optimal to meet with your manager in person to submit your notice. However, if that is not possible, phone is the second best. Whether in person or on the phone, follow up with a signed letter.
Your manager may or may not be surprised. And remember, good managers are happy to see their employees advance. Be sure to thank your manager for the opportunities provided that opened the door for your career move.
Always provide the correct amount of notice as required by company policy.
Even if you are miserable in your job, the last thing you should do is leave without appropriate notice. Two weeks is considered standard. There are other circumstances where you may feel compelled to provide a longer notice period. Do so with caution. You do not want to create a situation where you are being taken advantage of and potentially giving your new employer a negative impression.