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Handing in your notice respectfully

25 Aug 14:00 by Tony Allen

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You've landed the perfect role, congratulations! Give yourself a pat on the back, call your friends and family, pop open some Prosecco, eat some cake, or simply lay about basking in your own glory!

However you wish to celebrate is up to you, but chances are, sooner or later the nerves of handing in your notice will kick in. As awkward as it may feel, it's a part of life so try not to feel bad about it. Whether you love your job and the people around you, or you loathe the lot of them, you should always aim to leave on good terms and not ruin it for the colleagues you'll leave behind. 

Here are some tips to help make it as stress free as possible:

Check your contract

Know what your notice period is. It may have changed since you first joined. Know how much holiday you have accrued. Unused holiday might mean you can reduce your notice period.

Go prepared

You will need to write a letter to inform your employer you are handing your notice in as well as doing it verbally. The letter should include the date of which you are giving your notice, your position within the company and it’s always good to thank your employer. Don't make it too fluffy but a thank you does go a long way.

Be confident

Know what you want to say, take a deep breath and say it. Be direct and to the point. If you come across unsure, you will open yourself up for a counter offer or a lengthy interrogation! Keep your new opportunity in mind.

Confirm your end date

Identify and confirm your last day at your current employer, as the first thing your new company will want to know is when you can start.

Don’t feel bad about doing what’s right for your career

Although your manager and the company will probably be sad to see you leave, they won't see it as a personal attack. Chances are your manager will have changed job in the past and will have had to do the same thing.

Make sure you leave on good terms

First of all you should want to be a good human, but you may also want a reference from your manager at some point. Reassure your manager you will provide a smooth hand over, and if you are asked why you want to leave, keep it professional; don't drag up any contentious issues. Remember you will probably still be working your notice period with them! As far as they are concerned, you are moving on to further your career.  

Be sympathetic to your peers

You've landed the perfect job, perhaps you get lots of new perks and more money than them – woohoo for you! And maybe you are quite relieved to be leaving behind a few negatives at your current place of work, but it’s disrespectful to go shouting about it to your colleagues. It's not your job to make your peers start questioning their own roles within the company. Leaving on good terms means being respectful to everybody, not just your line manager.   

Good luck!


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