How to resign:

The way in which you resign specifically underlines the level of commitment you have just made to your new employer. Many candidates resign improperly leaving the door open to counter-offer measures imposed by the current employer. The notice period can be a particularly vulnerable time for candidates. In many respects it is similar to going through a divorce, so be assured that those feelings that you might have in the pit of your stomach over facing your boss are quite normal. Follow these simple steps and your resignation will be a straight forward, low-stress process.


  • Know how to resign from your job gracefully and professionally
  • Make the transition as easy and as smooth as possible. And do offer to help find and/or train your replacement. But don’t make promises you can't or won't keep
  • Be sure and give proper notice to your current employer
  • Attend the exit interview with your current employer, if required
  • Stay a productive member of the team
  • Make sure you receive all your stored up compensation and benefits, including bonus checks and unused vacation time, personal days etc
  • Make a plan to keep in touch with key co-workers, friends, and mentors. Keep your network strong
  • Do your best to wrap up all your major assignments. And do leave a detailed progress report for your supervisor and/or successor
  • Be prepared for some employers to overreact to your resignation; some employers immediately dismiss employees who resign
  • Write a professional resignation letter or memo
  • Submit your letter of resignation to your immediate supervisor, with a copy to the human resources department
  • Prepare to resign by removing all personal items and files from your office and computer for those instances when your employer will ask you to leave as soon as you tender your resignation


  • Make any statements or express any opinions that you may later regret. Remember that old adage: if you have nothing good to say, say nothing at all
  • Burn any bridges. Do leave on good terms with your co-workers and supervisors
  • Say anything negative about your supervisor or co-workers during the interviewer - No matter how tempted you are
  • Disappear during your last weeks on the job
  • Consider a counter offer unless you are sure it’s a better deal for you; Studies show a high percentage of workers still leave the employer within a year of accepting a counter offer, some being forced out
  • Feel guilty about leaving. It may be hard to leave, but focus on the fact that you are leaving to accept a great career opportunity
  • Brag about that great opportunity
  • Feel as though you need to tell your current employer any reason for leaving your job, but do be polite in thanking the employer for the opportunity to work there