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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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James is right

by DMambo In reply to As a manager

It has been surprising how many times I've come across someone from a former life during my career. I've always been glad that I didn't flame out as I've left a position. This goes for the exit interview, too.

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Dear XXXXXXXXXXXXX

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

Please accept my letter of resignation from XYZ.CO as of June 8th, 2005. I have learned much and feel I have contributed a great deal in my time with XYZ.Co.

I am thankful to have had the experience and hope that the company has gained benefit from my employment.

At this stage in my career, I have decided to seek new avenues of employment as my interests have changed beyond the scope of what is available for me here.

I understand that company policy requires me to offer two weeks notice and I am willing to remain with the company for that time, if needed, so as to help train a new employee or afford the company time to replace me.

***You can then end off with some feel good warm and fuzzy comments about how you enjoyed working there and have no malice towards your employment etc. but have decided to take a different road now.

In MOST cases, the employer will let you walk without the added two weeks.

HOPEFULLY, your NEW employer understands that you are currently working and MAY need to work an additional two weeks after giving notice, just as they would appreciate the exact same courtesy from their own employees. Even moreso, ensure that your NEW employer understands that this is not your usual practice (working somewhere and leaving for a better job). Keep it on GOOD terms, be polite and don't burn any bridges.

Enjoy your new job, and if you want. You can just write two or three lines saying you are leaving and please accept the letter as formal notice IF NEEDED. This way they understand you would rather leave now but WILL fulfill your obligations to them if needed.

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Re: Resigning from job

by grobi43 In reply to best way to resign for a ...

To: Mick28mx

Dear Sir, The most professional thing you can do is notify the current employer and give them two weeks notice, (a letter can suffice; however face-to-face may be the best approach). It is a standard practice that you give an employer two weeks notice before moving on to other endevors. Good Luck in your new job! Glenn

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Always in writing + face to face

by GoingMobile In reply to Re: Resigning from job

No matter how casual the company is, a letter in writing is important. The news will travel fast and you don't want any facts to get distorted (which is another good reason to keep the letter short and to the point). Without something in writing, who knows what will be said about you and why you are leaving as the news travels up the chain and to HR.

Just as important as the letter is how you deliver it. As a manager, I understand that professional people want to grow in their career and will move on sometimes. Professional people are not afraid of their decisions or other professionals either. Please deliver the letter by hand if possible, and to your supervisor befoer HR. If you do not work in the same location as your supervisor (and it is not close enough to visit), call and then mail (email or snail mail) the letter. An email out of the blue or a letter dropped on my desk is not professional and will not leave a good impression.

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Thank you all

by mick28mx In reply to best way to resign for a ...

Thank you all for your oppinions.
All are useful and I will apply it on my curren situation!
Again, thank you very much!

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Be Ready!!!

by j42398 In reply to best way to resign for a ...

Be ready to be walked out by security.

It is not unusual to be escorted out of the building when resiging as a geek. Sometimes the boss will call LAN admin to disable your account as soon as you resign and security and/or personel dept will join you. It is not anything bad that you did. It's just the smart thing to do regarding the company. If you gave a two weeks they should pay you for two weeks after you leave.

So, if you have any files hard or soft that you want copies of make them prior to giving your notice. Be carful when doing this even your best buddy may make a comment at the wrong place or time.

Also, I buy my own desk stuff. If you do the same thing you may want to remove that stuff quietly prior to giving notice. It can be kind of hard trying to convince the genius with the gun that you bought that stapler.

Good luck. Things should go well. Most employers are cool. Depending on your company policy and your access they may get hardball.

In addition, they may make a counter offer. Be ready for this one. If they ask about your pay or benefits, LIE LIE LIE, but not too much.

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Small mistake

by Oz_Media In reply to Be Ready!!!

I don't know about US law, but as employment laws in Canada are much more in the employees favour than in the US, I would say there is a mistake there.

"If you gave a two weeks they should pay you for two weeks after you leave."

NOT IF YOU WALK.

Only if you get fired, laid off, outsourced etc. Emplyees that quit don't get two weeks. You ar eobligated to OFFER to WORK for two weeks, but you are not entitled to be paid if you quit and are allowed to leave right away. ESPECIALLY when leaving for another job, that would be a reaosn to quit all the time, every month or so you get paid a double check for the same two weeks work? Leave one company, start at the next the very next day and you would be getting paid twice. I don't think so.

But it is a nice thought.

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Dont accept counter offer

by Dr Dij In reply to Be Ready!!!

great majority of people who do are let go within a year.

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This brings up an interesting question I have...

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

How formal should one be when writing a resignation letter? What I mean is, if the company has a casual atmosphere and you are on a first-name basis with everyone in the company (including managers and executives), should the letter still be kept formal? i.e. "Dear Mr. Smith" instead of "Dear John"

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I would keep it semi formal

by Oz_Media In reply to This brings up an interes ...

If the company is casual, make the letter semi-formal, if the company is semi-formal, make the letter formal.

With respect to your case, I would use First and last name, not Mr.X.

I wouldn't even use DEAR actually, just an Attention heading and then the letter.


Company name

Attention: John Smith, Mark Anthony

Regarding: Resignation Letter

Please accept this letter of resignation from my position as, official time waster.

Since working with XYZ.Co, I have gained a great deal of knowledge blah, blah, blah.

Now you haven't headed the letter with Mr. Smith and you can still write a more casual letter.


All in all, as long as you don't say that the company sucks and the people smell, then you shouldn't really have to worry about the letter of resignation too much. alot of peopel put too much into these things, You could write a four sentence letter or a four page letter and each is just as effective and professional if you are at least polite and somewhat courteous.

A PROPOSAL letter for a future prospect would be VERY important, on the way out, just keep it concise and don't flame anyone and you'll be fine.

I had a really chummy relationship with an employer years ago and we were in the pub one night when I said, "Sorry dude, but I'm gonna move on" He said he needed SOMETHING in writing so I picked up my beer in one hand and while having a sip I scribbled, 'I'm outta here on the back of the coaster and signed it". Good enough for him.

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