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How to Resign Effectively

How to Resign Effectively
It may sound simple, but sometimes the resignation process can become quite complicated. Here are a few guidelines we at FPC recommend:

1. Before resigning, be confident that your decision to leave your current job for another is right for you, and make sure you have a written commitment from your new employer.

2. Prepare a simple letter that clearly states your resignation in a very positive way. Give copies to both your manager and your human resources manager. This letter will make your intentions clear and help avoid the complications of a counteroffer. For example:

Dear (Manager),

This is to inform you that I am submitting my resignation as (your job title) with (company), effective (last date of employment). I greatly appreciate the opportunity that (company) has given me to exercise my skills and develop my career.

My decision is final and irrevocable. I would greatly appreciate it if you would respect this decision and avoid any attempt to cause me to reconsider.

I will make every effort to leave on the best of terms by completing my assignments and making a smooth transition for the person who will be assuming my current responsibilities.


(Your Signature)

cc: (Human Resources Manager)

3. Continue working to the best of your ability while you complete your notice period, which is normally two weeks. If your employer tries to pressure you to stay longer, you will have to determine whether or not that is necessary. Keeping active and positive will dispel any concerns that you may be a negative influence on others at the company.

4. Sometimes an employer will accept your resignation and ask you to leave immediately. This may be a bit distressing, but understand that a company may have good reasons for such action. First, it may be concerned that your exposure to proprietary information could jeopardize the company's intellectual properties. Second, it may be concerned that others in the company could be influenced to follow in your footsteps.

Give your FPC recruiter a call to review this process before actually resigning. 

The Final Word: How FPC Can Help
Your FPC recruiter can review the resignation process with you to make it a smoother, and more efficient, transition for all parties involved. Don’t forget to give your recruiter a call before actually resigning. 

Read the article, "How-and Why-to Avoid Counteroffers."

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