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Be sure about your decision first

The resignation process can be quite emotional, on top of the job you know , you are also leaving behind colleagues and friends. For candidates who feel they have invested well in an employer it is often not a straightforward decision to leave, after all you have committed yourself to the business and there have likely been many successes. However it is important to remember what has brought you this far, and whether those reasons for leaving can ever really be mitigated. Even for head-hunted candidates, there are always initial reasons they are open to looking at a new employer and those things don’t just disappear.

Stay strong, and be diplomatic

In order to make the process as stress free as possible, it is essential you stay strong and diplomatic. It is better to stay positive, thank your employer courteously for the experience and say you have accepted a job somewhere else in order to progress your career. Nobody can deny you your decision, so keep in mind the reasons you have got this far. It is important to leave your employer on a good note so our advice is never to divulge too much of the negative on why you are resigning as this will only lead to an even more emotional conversation. Most companies offer employees an exit interview with HR to discuss what should be improved, changed or remain intact to reduce employee turnover and increase productivity.

This is useful for getting those points across but again, try to do this in an unemotional and professional fashion.

Pulling power

Most of the tension is created when your boss, your boss’ boss, or even the CEO intercept to convince you to stay, pulling on emotional strings or creating difficult counter offer situations. It is very flattering to have such senior attention but try to keep your feet on the ground. It is quite rare that companies can change their way of working to accommodate your needs, or the problem could have been solved earlier. Walking away from people who you have spent a lot of time getting to know through various stressful and happy times means that you really have to put all of that to one side and concentrate on your future. The general rule of thumb is once you have weighed up your options and taken a decision to leave, it is best to stick with it or do not tender your resignation at all. Resigning while you are still unsure will only cause you more stress. Be sure about it, be prepared, and you will leave with your integrity, in a clear and honest fashion.

Before you resign, it is important to write a clear resignation letter; there are various templates one can use depending on what you would like to say.