The Resignation

Written by Julie Holmwood

You’ve done it! You’ve accepted the job, you’ve got something in writing, now to resign from your current position

The official way to do this is in writing. You should write your letter to your line manager and then cc human resources. Check your initial contract of employment which will tell you what your notice period is; four weeks or a month are fairly standard but for more specialist and/or more senior roles this can be significantly longer.
Within your letter you should state that you are resigning from your role as X and give a leaving date. This should be at least the length of your notice but can be longer; if you are on a month’s notice you might be due to finish on a Tuesday but decide to see that week out and finish on the Friday. Or maybe your new company want you to start six weeks from now.

Etiquette would say that you should make a meeting with your manager and give them the letter in person

You can then email or post the copy to HR once the meeting is over.
During the meeting your boss may want to confirm with you what your duties will be during your final weeks and also how and who you should handover to. It may be that you need to start writing some documentation on anything not typically done by anyone else within the Company.

You may also receive a counter offer

This is where your current employer offers to better the package you have just accepted with your new role. Flattering and tempting as this may be if you were really happy and fulfilled where you are would you have been looking and gone for interview elsewhere, let alone accepted the other offer?
If you are at all unsure ask for some time to give the counter offer some thought.
Try to remember the reasons you were looking for a new role. Re-acquaint yourself with the job description of your new position and all the reasons you are excited about the move. Will an extra few pounds make staying where you are more attractive? Only you know the answer to these questions.
Whatever you decide be professional in your approach to both companies and try not to burn bridges. People have a habit of popping back up in your future where you least expect them
For help with your resignation or making the transition from where you are to where you want to be please contact one of our Consultant Coaches at
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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