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best way to resign for a job.

By mick28mx ·
Hello all,
I?m little confused. Recently I apply for a new job, and I was accepted. My dillema is: what is the best (plolite) way to resign on my current job? I mean, this is the first time that I?m in that situation and I fell a litte bit, scared!
I don?t know how my boss will take it, or is exist a standard procedure to resign. I know I must give my written resignation, but, honestly, I don?t know what put in that paper! I don?t know if I must mention the other job or is better tell nothing.
I have ten years in my current job and I started to look for another due to a new administration arrived and changed my boss and put it a person who doesn?t heard any reason for any situation.

Anyone can, please, give me a pice of adivce on this situation?
Thank you in advance.

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If I Were There

by FirstPeter In reply to best way to resign for a ...

I would type up a nice, formal, professional letter stating that you have decided to pursue other avenues for your career and your last day is _______.

If you can be professional when you're doing it you might also mention that "I have made this decision after much consideration due to the fact that...".

Above all I think respect is the key here. Regardless of the situation that pushed you to resign and regardless of how you're treated you want to stay above the line and be professional. Don't give them any reason to bash you.

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my suggestion

by tdaisy In reply to best way to resign for a ...

To put your resignation in writing and submit it to your supervisor. In the resignation give the date of your last day (being professional and giving appropriate notice). I have never mentioned where what company I am going to, your current employer does not need to know that. If they ask me why I am leaving I usually say that I felt that this position will provide me with an opportunity to learn different technologies and feels like a better fit. I alway keep my reasons about me and not anything negative about the current company or position. I also thank them for the wonderful opportunities and learning experiences. That way you are recognizing many wonderful years working there, but your decision to change jobs is due to "it's not you, but me" thing.

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"You, Not Me"

by FirstPeter In reply to my suggestion

I'd caution the use of that - if you truly do see a problem there that was severe enough for you to bail after ten years of service I would recommend mentioning it. Be professional, be respectful, recognize that it may be simple incompatibility, but I don't know that taking the "it's me, not you" approach in this case is the best move.

Of course I may be jaded in my view - I've had that line used on me before in non-business interactions.

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I've done both

by Oz_Media In reply to "You, Not Me"

Ad it depends on teh company and your relationsip as to whhich is mroe appropriate I think. It's one of those things you either feel apologetic for or you don't/ In some cases I will say what didn't work, if I am the only one who has seen it as an issue, then it's ME not the company.

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by tdaisy In reply to "You, Not Me"

What is the purpose of mention it now that the individual decided to leave? One should discuss the problem before they reach the mind set to leave the position. If you bring it up now that you are resigning, one tends to look petty. I am just stating to leave professionally, if asked keep your reasons about you and leave on a high note. I am sorry you have received the "you not me" in the past. I just think that if you do not present your concerns while you were working there to better the environment, why bother bring it up when you are leaving.

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Before and After

by FirstPeter In reply to

That assumes I haven't been having the discussions on it while I was employed. That's ALWAYS the first line of discussion - hoping for change and not doing anything about it isn't much of a plan of action.

However, my experience has been that the now and later are two separate people. I may have brought it up 100 times to my boss while I was there, but to no avail. My exit discussion, in writing, is generally not just seen by my boss, but his/her boss and HR, and the issues I have may not have had anything to do with those two folks.

But even so, the optimistic side of me says that even if the letter it just going to the same person I've been discussing the issues with it makes sense to do it because I want no doubts left as to why in the hopes that the next person who fills my shoes has it better. Does it ever work? Maybe not, but for the extra time it takes to write that part it's worth a shot.

I don't advocate being petty in the letter (if I'm leaving because I don't get to have my plants at my desk due to company policy I have bigger problems than just this job...), but rather making sure it was clear WHY I was leaving.

Just personal preference. I can see Oz' point of view on this, too; I just tend to prefer that exit letter telling me why.

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Prior and post discussions

by talentonloan In reply to Before and After

I agree with the 'professional' approach and I advocate writing the real reason respectfully. If there have been problems, there may be lots of documents on why someone has a problem with you, but not much on your perspective. It becomes part of the employee record and who knows how that might be important at some point in the future.

I would try to leave amicably. If I had frequent interactions with the boss's boss, I would copy him on the resignation letter and include a letter of thanks for his efforts on my behalf. In fact, one never knows when the revolving door might swing back to 'open' again - they could come calling you looking to take your boss's job if he moved on...


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exit interview

by Dr Dij In reply to

If you feel it would help them and they'd like to schedule an exit interview. don't put reason in resig letter but you can tell them in the exit interview. be cordial but don't pull any punches about problems. don't rant, just mention them.

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I was quite critical in my exit interview

by sjohnson175 In reply to exit interview

but constructively so and 100% professional.

They said they appreciated all my candor. Not sure they'll ever do anything with my brain dump but at least we seemed to part on good terms.

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As a manager

by JamesRL In reply to best way to resign for a ...

All I need to know in writing.....

Is that you are leaving, and that you are providing the agreed upon notice period. Don't write anything regarding why. Thats best handled in a conversation with your boss, and I suggest you not give away too much. Don't be negative, don't bash the company, your co-workers, your pay etc. If you are leaving because you found a great growth opportunity, use that, but again, verbally, not in the letter.

I've resigned and been rehired by the old boss at a new company - don't burn bridges. Be brief and professional.


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