There are multiple reasons why you may decide to hand in your notice and the most obvious being that you hate your job. However it’s difficult to sometimes bite the bullet. You may for example be scared of
-Not knowing whether you can get a new one
-Having to do the deed of actually handing in your letter of resignation
-Having to face your boss and your colleagues for the remainder of your notice period
-Having to tell your family
Like the initial trepidation of pulling off a plaster, its feels marginally better once off. You don’t have the weight of just ‘when you’ll do it’ hanging over you anymore. You had your reasons to leave and its not as though these decisions are ever made lightly.
-Perhaps you were sent to get coffee so often that you and the guy from Costa Coffee were on name terms
-Perhaps you went to the printing shop next door so much that you and Sydney on the till could almost have been in a relationship
-Perhaps you thought on a daily basis that your degree had been for nothing
-Perhaps you woke up every morning with a feeling of dread at what was ahead of you
-Perhaps it got to 11am and you wanted to kill your self
The reasons are endless! There are of course much more serious reasons for resigning such as bullying and sexual harassment in the working place and in those cases the steps to take are of course different. However there are some things to be aware of when resigning.
- You have a contract that states how many days/weeks you have to remain working within the company. This is typically a week to a month, so before you decide to storm out the boardroom all guns blazing, you may be legally bound to fulfill the rest of your time there- so if you remain as civil as possible it will make the remainder of your time all the more durable.
- You have to hand in a letter of resignation. This may seem obvious, however a lot of people don’t know that these do in fact follow a certain format. These require simplicities such as
- The date in which you are resigning
- The last day you believe you will be working in the office (check your contract)
- The position you will be resigning from
- Despite the fact that you may not want to, say thank you for all the opportunities that have been given to you whilst working at the company
- Request that they can send you off with a good reference
- Your signature
- Take into consideration your unused vacation days. If your employer won’t pay you for unused vacation days then try take these before you leave.
- Make a list of things you need to tie up before you leave. We can assure you this will make your last day of work considerably less stressful. Just because you’re leaving, does not mean you can walk out scot free- someone else will be taking over after you and it will cause them significantly less pain if you’ve left the handover in an organized state.
- Claim your expenses before you leave. It will cause you a lot less trouble if you can leave with nothing hanging over you.
Once all the above have been ticked off, head to the pub. You deserve it.