scj resignation tips

  • Don’t Burn Any Bridges: Regardless of the situation at your current company, there is no benefit to you by being negative. Be courteous, polite and grateful about the opportunity you were given with your current company. You may require references from them in the future.

  • Do Not Disclose Where You Are Going: You have made a well thought out decision to leave, and you may open the door for debate about your decision, which can easily become argumentative. If you need to do a handover and it’s not a direct competitor, you may say don’t worry I’m not joining our direct competitor.

  • Give Sufficient Notice: Review your initial contract, and be sure to give as much notice as is stated in your agreement. Some companies will require you to work out this period of time; while others will walk you out and pay you for your notice period.

  • Dealing with Counter-offers: Unless the primary reason you are leaving is for significantly more money, don’t even consider accepting a counter-offer (Note: more money is the last reason to change a job). You’ve already demonstrated your disloyalty by resigning, so often a counter-offer is sometimes used to mitigate the business risk while your current firm finds your replacement.

  • Submit a Formal Letter of Resignation: keep it simple, there are 2 basic parts to a letter of resignation: 1. your intent to leave and your last date of employment. 2. A closing statement thanking your employer for the opportunity to work with them.

Below is a sample Letter of Resignation as a complimentary resource from SCJ:

Resignation Letter