Once you’ve survived the interview and have been offered the new job, you need to turn your attention to resigning from your current job. Resigning is more than quitting; it’s a process that allows your current employer fair notice while helping you prepare for a smooth transition to your new job.
Before you resign, make sure that all of your ducks are in a row with the new company. Of course, you should not resign until you have received a formal job offer in writing, but also consider any other pre-employment requirements such as background checks, reference checks, education verification, credit check and drug tests. Until you’ve fulfilled all of the qualifications, hold off on resignation.
When you’re ready to resign, remember to focus on the positive. Resist the temptation to air your gripes with your old boss or to “go out with a bang.” Your current employer still has the power to influence future potential employers, so don’t burn any bridges!
Three Steps to Resigning:
If you’re worried that your employer may be upset to lose you or that they’ll take it personally, remind yourself that this is a business move, and that you don’t owe them your employment. You also aren’t obligated to tell your employer where you will be working next.
You can reduce the stress if you inform your boss of your departure at a neutral location, such as a café over lunch, or by resigning near the end of the day. Whatever you choose, don’t delay in starting the transition process.
1. What type of company do you work for if you have to threaten to resign before they give you what you are worth?
2. Where is the money for the counter offer coming from? Is it your next raise early? All companies have strict wage and salary guidelines, which must be followed.
3. Your company will immediately start looking for a new person at a cheaper price.
4. You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy. From this day on, your loyalty will always be in question.
5. When promotion time comes around, your employer will remember who was loyal and who wasn’t.
6. When times get tough, your employer will begin to cutback with you.
7. The same circumstances that now caused you to consider a change will repeat themselves in the future, even if you accept a counteroffer.
8. Statistics show that if you accept a counteroffer the probability of voluntarily leaving in six months or being let go within a year is extremely high — over 90%.
9. Accepting a counteroffer is an insult to your intelligence and a blow to your personal pride — you cannot be bought.
10. Once the word gets out, the relationship that you now enjoy with your co-workers will never be the same. You will lose the personal satisfaction of peer group acceptance.