Written by Julie Holmwood
You've handed in your resignation. You've got a great new job. In fact it looks like your perfect role. You are delighted to be leaving this *!%* place and are now counting the days.
Well, actually, you are even counting in hours!
It is really easy to get completely caught up in the joy of the new. To give more thought to your next role than the one you are just about to leave and to let your previously hidden dislike of certain aspects, and specific people, to become more than a little apparent.
Handling your resignation with grace can be a minefield!
Here are our top 5 tips of resignation don'ts;
1. DON’T take unnecessary time off or avoid showing up during your last weeks at your soon-to-be old job. Honour the terms of your contract, work your set hours and continue to show up on time throughout your resignation period. It is easy to get de-mob happy but there are two things to keep in mind. You don’t know when your new employer is going to take references AND (particularly if you are staying in the same industry / local area) you might work with some of these people again.
2. DON’T start collecting the CVs of all your current colleagues. There may well be an employee introduction scheme at your new company and you may well get rewarded handsomely for each successful introduction. You might also really enjoy working with your favourite colleagues and wish they were coming with you. Until you know that your new company really is paradise lost, keep thoughts of enticing them to join you under your hat.
3. DON’T hinder morale. Talking about your new job and how perfect it will be, whilst recounting incidents and events less pleasant from your current employer can start to take its toll on all around you. They don’t have a new job to go to and making them wish they did is not helpful to them or the company. Try to enjoy your final moments and go out on a high. Remember that people remember you for how you made them feel. Be remembered as someone who made them feel good!
4. DON’T use your resignation period as the perfect opportunity to tell your boss what you really think of them or their lousy job. We know that your new pasture has better XYZ and if the old job were perfect for you, then you would be staying put. But if things were not serious enough to mention when you were staying, there is little benefit in mentioning them now you are going. Ask yourself ‘is what I am about to say going to bring about positive change?’ If the answer is ‘no’ then leave it unsaid. You can always vent to your houseplant or a cushion later, when you get home
5. DON’T leave with anything you didn’t personally buy or physically arrive with. Names, addresses, price lists and files are all company property. Much as knowing these things might enhance your ability to shine during the first days of your new job, don’t be tempted to compromise your integrity. Disclosing insider information might seem like a shortcut to an answer your new company is seeking, but it is intellectual property theft and it might get you fired from your new job before you’ve even started. Disclosing secrets says the wrong thing about you and tells a story you don't want told about your morals and ethics. Leave classified information where it belongs
If you would like help developing your own exit strategy please email me
Julie is the Lead Career Coach at Churchill Brook. She works with clients who are frustrated by their career success (or lack of it) and her approach is that of part coach, part mentor and part consultant. She is available to work with limited clients on a one-to-one basis or via our popular career change group classes (check out ‘what we offer’).
Before joining Churchill Brook in 2009, she spent twelve years as an international headhunter, where she successfully helped her clients to recruit exceptional people. She is an expert at getting candidates noticed by companies and had one of the highest success ratios for CV submission to hire that we know of within the recruitment industry
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