- As a general rule, only resign your current position when you have accepted and confirmed a written offer for a new position with your new employer.
- Submit your resignation in writing with the proper notice which is usually two weeks but could be longer or shorter depending upon the circumstances. In the resignation, indicate you are grateful for the opportunity you have had to work with the employer and that you wish the company success and prosperity. Always try to depart on an amicable basis.
- Deliver the notice of resignation to your immediate supervisor personally. If you are asked why you are leaving by your supervisor or co-workers, answer by stating you are pursuing a new growth opportunity. Do not discuss any reasons that are negative towards the company or co-workers. Keep this information to yourself.
- Work with the employer to train your replacement or prepare a status report of the projects you have been working on to update a future replacement for your position.
Sometimes a current employer suddenly recognizes the worth of a departing employee by making a counter offer to a tendered resignation. Of course, it is mystifying why the employer did not reward the good work of the employee previously. Nonetheless, counter offers can be tempting if the main reason why the employee is leaving is compensation or position title. These matters can be rectified to everyone's satisfaction. On the other hand, consider the following:
- Statistics are available that indicate employees who accept counter offers still leave their employer within another calendar year.
- Since you have submitted your resignation, a confidential search could be initiated for your replacement.
- Do you really want to remain with an employer with whom you had to give your resignation in order to get a pay raise or promotion.
- By accepting the counter offer you may simply be sliding back into the same discontent at a later date that led you to resign in the first place.
- Most well managed companies do not make counter offers. Their employee policies are equitable and competitive so as to retain good employees.
- By accepting the counter offer, you have wasted everyone's time and left very negative feelings with the people involved in the arrangements to obtain new employment.
- Should an economic downturn occur, you may be layed off first since your employer is aware of your previous discontent.