Building, Not Burning, Bridges

Dear Anita,

I have been working for my current company for the last 2 years. I love where I work and who I work with but time constraints in my personal life and the long commutes are becoming taxing. Recently I have been offered a position very close to my home which I have accepted. How do I tell my current employers about my intent to resign while avoiding any bad feelings?

Dear Needing a Smooth Exit,

As exciting as the opportunity of new career change can be, wrapping up the loose ends and cutting the cord can be difficult to do in a clean way. Making the decision to resign from a current position that you love hard on everyone involved, the last thing you want to do is have negative and hurt feelings upon your departure.

Breaking the News Without Burning Bridges!

When breaking the news to your supervisor, be sure to do so in a private setting. If possible, offer to assist in finding a new placement.

You should know who the best candidate for your old position, right?

Don’t leave them hangin’!
As a rule of thumb, you always want to give you current employer a minimum of two weeks before leaving you position.

Get this taken care of through a simple but formal letter of resignation with the date of letter submission and last day of work clearly outlined. This way the employer has ample time begin the search for your replacement and for everyone to make sure all projects and work is ready for the transition.

Here is a simple sample resignation letter:

(Today’s Date)

Dear (manager name),

I hereby tender my resignation from my position as (position). My last day will be on(today’s date), two weeks (or whatever length of time you choose) from today. Thank you for the wonderful opportunity to work with you and (company name). I look forward to staying connected in the future.

__________________________ (Sign name)

(your name)
(phone number)

Work Away your Remaining Days!
During the last two weeks or however long the amount of time you are still working, make sure you are WORKING. Don’t slack off or goof around with other in the office. Your current supervisor, co-workers, and even I would not look highly upon this.

Stay linked to those you like!
Finally before heading out the door be sure to leave your contact information behind for those who you wish to remain in your professional network. Who knows, this new job may not be what you expect and you could come back later for other opportunities.

Want to read more about sensational resignation by one of the world’s top executives?

Check out TradePost:Goldman Sachs Exec Makes Big Exit today!!

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rosalina
    Apr 07, 2012 @ 07:54:32

    I wish you the best of luck I am in a job that I hate and my partner at work is leaving soon but she decided to slack all the time I am the Teacher Assistant and I find my self doing her job and main which I think is very un-fair because she is still getting paid as a teacher and for doing her job. I wish people could understand that how hard it is for the ones that stay behind when someone leaves the job and you are stuck doing the 2 jobs. I do wish you the best and remember that all changes are for the best. Wish I was leaving my job in two weeks also because I have never been so unhappy in a job as I am now.


  2. moneymakingmama2012
    Mar 28, 2012 @ 14:42:19

    Your blog has really great advice for any business professional. I really like this post. Thanks for all the great info!!


  3. Earlzanta
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 18:22:53

    Thats make a lot of sense!


  4. findyourdreamjob
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 13:09:17

    Great advice – also in this situation you can afford to be honest as you genuinely enjoy your job. It’s personal circumstances rather than anything they’ve done. Sounds like it may be easy to keep in touch too as you also like your colleagues.


  5. Manage Better Now
    Mar 27, 2012 @ 10:16:13

    I think another key to a successful resignation is to ensure that you tell your supervisor first. Don’t start by telling all of your friends in the company first. If you truly want to maintain the relationship, then make sure your supervisor is the first to know.


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