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How to Resign

We understand that leaving a job can be extremely difficult and stressful, especially if you have good relations with your colleagues and have worked there for a long time. Our consultants have significant experience in helping candidates to leave their current employer and the best ways in which to do so.

Most employers are understanding and respect your decision to leave, bad reactions to resignations are few and far between. You need to be absolutely sure that the new role is open and available for you. It is advisable if possible to have a formal letter in writing from your new employer prior to handing in your resignation.

There will never be a perfect moment to resign, particularly in fast paced industries, yet whenever you do it a formal face-to-face meeting is the preferred option. This should be accompanied with a letter of resignation, including your notice period as per your contract and stating the date of your last day of employment. It is best to keep the letter concise and there is no obligation to justify your decision to leave. It is nice to conclude the letter on a positive note, for example how you are appreciative of the opportunities you have had in your current employment. However, there is no need for the letter to be more than a formal written notification of your resignation.

Once you’ve confirmed your finish date and finalised a settlement for outstanding holiday or other benefits you may be asked to take garden leave. If this is the case, during your notice period you’ll be asked to stay at home but you will still be under your normal contractual obligations. In some industries this is standard practice and is a way of protecting company sensitive information.

Counter Offers

Counter offers are a flattering incentive to tempt you into changing your mind and may come in the form of a pay rise, greater responsibility or a change of office. Counter offers shouldn’t necessarily be viewed as a vote of confidence and it is important to remember the reasons you started looking for a new job in the first place. Having made the decision to resign, gone through the tough interviews and landed a role with a company that clearly want you consider: Will the counter offer resolve all your earlier frustrations and reasons for wanting to leave? It is important to remember the motives that first made you look for a new opportunity, rarely will a counter offer address these. Accepting a counter offer can impact your career development, your future and your reputation.

Every situation is different so for more advice on counter offers and why an employer may make such an offer speak to your consultant.

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