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You know it’s time to make a change - it could be a new career, or just a new adventure – and you know it’s time to move on from your current role. Now the process seems simple enough. You give notice, sign resignation letter and move on. But quite often, the situation is more complex than it seems. You don’t want to burn any bridges so the procedure must be handled with care.
Here are five point you must consider before you take the plunge:
Make sure you’re sure
Before you take any drastic steps, be sure that this is what you want. Weigh up the pros and cons and consider the reasons behind the need for change. For example, if you’re leaving because you want a higher salary, it could be beneficial to ask for a raise or a promotion at your current role. Do you have another job lined up? If you don’t, be aware of the current economic climate, as it’s not easy to land a role during economic downturn.
Consider you notice period
There are a rules and legislations surrounding this issue. It’s important to give sufficient resignation notice. Your company’s period will be listed in your employment contract or the business’s policy manual. Make sure you’re in the know about this. If you don’t adhere to the policies in this regard, you may not be eligible for your termination benefits like unused leave pay, and you will probably upset a few people.
Organise a meeting with your manager
This is a formality that should be take seriously, whatever the relationship with your boss as it shows respect and makes you appear professional and considerate. Have a written letter of resignation prepared and ready to be handed over to your boss, explaining your reason for leaving the company. Keep it clear and positive and try not to dwell on anything you may have against the manager, company or any colleagues.
Ask for a reference and recommendation
If you’re leaving on good terms, it’s better to ask for a recommendation/reference letter sooner rather than later. References can be more thorough when taken quickly as bosses are more likely to remember your finer points, so there is less risk of receiving a general or mediocre reference.
Handling counter offers
It’s common to feel the ‘cold feet’ syndrome when you’re on your way out of a company. And this is usually around the same time that your boss will flatter you with a tempting counter-offer. But stick to your guns. If you’ve already made it clear that you want to leave, your loyalty will be questioned from here on in. If you accept, you run the risk of being taken until your boss finds a cheaper or more committed replacement.