How to Resign From Your Job

Written by: Joshua Boynton
Published on: 4 Mar 2022

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It’s normal to dread resigning from your job, but you’ll have no reason to worry if you prepare adequately and follow our simple tips.

By using this guidance, you’ll ensure that you can secure a positive reference and move into your next job seamlessly.


Handing in Your Resignation

The most common way to hand in your resignation is to deliver a formal letter to your line manager, in person. The formal letter states in clear terms your intention to resign from your role, as well as the date that the resignation will be effective from.

If you require some inspiration or guidance on how to write a resignation letter, check out our resignation letter template and samples.

Of course, there are plenty of people who work remotely – either permanently or temporarily – who are not able to hand a letter to their line manager in person. In these situations, a phone call with your line manager is a suitable alternative. This would be followed up by an email, to formalise your intention to resign. The email you send to your line manager will need to state the same information that would be present in a formal resignation letter.


The Resignation DOs and DON’Ts

Resigning is a straightforward process, but it’s still possible to make mistakes. Here are some DOs and DON’Ts to bear in mind when resigning:

  • DO… stay polite and courteous throughout the resignation process. You will be seeking a positive reference from your line manager, after all.
  • DO… make sure that you give an appropriate period of notice. Failing to fulfil your contractual obligations could lead to problems.
  • DON’T… speak negatively about the company or any colleagues when resigning. Although it might be tempting to vent, you stand to gain nothing from this unprofessional behaviour.
  • DON’T… use unofficial channels – think Facebook or WhatsApp – to tender your resignation. This could muddy the waters regarding your official resignation date and final working day.

Remember, employers can give you a bad reference or refuse to give a reference altogether, which is as bad as saying something negative.


How to Resign: Complete

By behaving professionally and keeping these DOs and DON’Ts in mind, you can feel confident and composed when you quit your job.

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