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A Resignation Guide to Handing in Your Notice

March 23, 2021
Olivia Batten

Handing in your notice is a task that is often filled with emotion whether that’s sadness or excitement. But, there comes a time when moving on becomes the best decision for you and who knows what the future may hold? Nevertheless, ending your job in the right way will ensure that you don’t leave on a bad note and that any loose ends are tied up before your final working day.

Reasons for handing in your notice

Think carefully before you hand in your notice as once you’ve done it, you’re going to have a hard time retracting your decision. However, in most cases leaving your job can be a great move for your career.

Here are some of the most common reasons for handing in your notice:

● You have a new job lined up

● You dislike the job or work environment

● You’re having a career change

● You’re going to uni or starting some form of training

● You’re progressing into a higher role

How do you hand in your notice?

If you’re unsure about how to hand in your notice, the good news in the process is daily simple. You will need to write a letter of resignation and formally hand this to your manager and once they have received this you will begin working your notice period.

Follow these four steps:

1. Check your notice period

The first thing you should do is check your notice period whether you are starting a new job or not - you can usually find this in your contract. You can then provide this information to your new employers and figure out a start date and an end date for your current role. You will also need to know how many weeks notice you are required to work.

2. Get your new job offer in writing

The last thing you want is to hand in your notice and your new job falls through. To avoid this, always ask for the offer in writing, accept it and make sure the company has received your acceptance before you resign.

3. Write a letter of resignation

Next, write a letter of resignation to your manager. The letter should be brief and include information such as why you are leaving, when your final working day will be and a thank you if you are leaving on good terms.

4. Book a meeting with your manager

Finally, book a meeting with your manager. You should always hand in your notice in person wherever possible and do not tell your colleagues until your boss knows. Hand your manager your letter of resignation and explain the situation to them. They are likely to have some questions so make sure you are ready to answer them!

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