Resign from your Job with Class

Resigning from your current position can be emotional and stressful. There's no easy way to say it, but here are four ways you can make it a little easier:

Resign from your Job with Class
  1. Put it in writing. Handing your boss a resignation letter is the best way to handle an uncomfortable situation. Not to mention, it's something to keep for your records - for your protection. Oh, and it makes that initial awkward conversation a little more comfortable.
  2. The sooner you leave the company, the better. Give fair notice, but ask to be relieved ASAP. Yeah, you're awesome, but the company will get by without you. You now owe your loyalty to yourself and your new job!
  3. Don't bring up counteroffers; it's probably the worst thing you can do during the resignation process.
  4. Talk to us first. We'll help make this process as stress-free as possible. Contact a recruiter in your neck of the woods.

Sample resignation letter

Former Manager’s Name

Dear [Former Manager’s Name],

It is with mixed emotions, yet with firm conviction, that I write this letter of resignation from [Company].

My association during the past [#] years with this excellent company and its many fine people has been a wonderful part of my professional and personal life.

Please understand that I have made my decision after considerable thought. An outstanding opportunity presented itself that will significantly enhance my career and assist me in achieving my goals.

I am therefore resigning from [Company] effective [date]. This will allow sufficient time to complete current commitments prior to commencing with my new employer on [date]. In the interim, I will work with you and the staff to provide a smooth transfer of my current duties.

I hope that you understand and accept my decision. I will support you in making this change as easy as possible for the staff and department.


[Your Name]

How to handle a counteroffer.

So you received a counter offer? 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—85% of people who accept a counteroffer are gone in six months, and 90% are gone in 12 months.

We're not saying you shouldn't accept it, but here are a few things to consider.

  1. Stop and think. You looked around for a reason. Is the bump in pay at your current position really enough to overcome that? Only you can answer that.
  2. Consider where the money is coming from. All companies follow some strict wage and salary guidelines. Politely ask how the counteroffer affects future raise eligibility. Is it your next raise early? Can they make your increase retroactive in order to compensate for underpaying you?
  3. Prepare for déjà vu. The same problems that caused you to look for a new job in the first place will probably repeat themselves in the future. As much as some things change, others stay the same.
  4. Beware the consequences. In many cases, companies may immediately start looking for a new person at a cheaper price. In some cases, you could be training your replacement.
  5. Counters may be counterintuitive. When promotion time comes, your loyalty could be a factor in decision-making. When times get rough, your employer might begin the cutbacks with you.
  6. Your relationships with yourself and others could suffer. Accepting a counteroffer, can give you the feeling that you were bought. Once word gets out, the relationships that you now enjoy with many of your co-workers may not ever be the same.

If you're working with one of our recruiters, tell them what you thought about your interview, or ask them any other questions throughout the whole process—even after you land the job. Don’t be shy. After all, it’s our job to find the best job for you, and the more we know, the better.

Ready to take that next adventure in your new job? Check out our job seeker resources section for articles on starting a new job.

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