Advice on the resignation process

For some people, resignation can be a difficult matter that can even take the shine off securing a new role, at least until it is complete. Emotions can come into play, and cause a candidate to feel worried or fearful over the reaction of their employer, especially if they are long serving and loyal by nature or have a good relationship with their manager.

Please review the following objective advice to help you through the resignation process - we are always happy to talk you through this and counsel you further if necessary

Your feelings

You initially considered changing companies because your present position can no longer offer you growth potential or career opportunities that challenge you or meet your potential. However, your current employer may well have helped you with your professional development and as a result, you may feel uncomfortable resigning. You will be leaving good colleagues behind. Some may even have become personal friends. They may feel upset or disappointed at your leaving. These feelings could make you uneasy. Bear in mind that your reasons for leaving proved the catalyst to seeking this move, and despite your emotions, these remain the same. It is vital that you revisit and remind yourself of these reasons when emotions threaten to interfere.

Trust your own instinct

Emotions aside, you can only make a career decision objectively. It needs to be free of the emotional pressures that you could initially feel. You may be receiving advice or opinions from well-meaning friends, family and colleagues. You must depend primarily on your own judgement - you are the only one who can fully understand the implications on your own wellbeing and your future career.

Handling the counter offer

Upon receiving your resignation, your employer may tempt you with a salary increase to ‘counter offer' a new opportunity. In many cases, this offer can initially throw a spanner in the works, or seem too good to turn down. You must make it clear from the outset that a ‘counter offer' is not an option that you will consider. Objectively, if your current employer valued your true worth then bear in mind why you needed to resign to achieve this salary review or promotion. Remember, the counter offer is only a belated recognition of the contribution you have made to the company. If it had come unprompted, surely this would have been more flattering?

It has been statistically proven that counter offers invariably result in a negative cycle and 85% of employees that choose to accept a counter offer find themselves back on the employment market within 6 months.

Negotiating notice period

Be prepared to negotiate your notice period if possible. Think beforehand on how you can achieve this. It may be that you agree a set of objectives that need to be completed in order for you to gain an early release from your contract. During your notice period, it is often a good idea to keep in touch with your new employer, maybe go in to meet the team, attend a training course, or read over any introductory information they can provide, in order that the transition is easier when you come to start.