Resignation Tools


Resigning from a job requires as much careful planning and etiquette as does applying for one!

It’s not as simple as giving a few weeks notice. Leaving on a low note: 

  • May jeopardise the possibility of receiving a favourable reference;
  • Can undermine the chance of being re-employed by the same employer or individual in the future;
  • Can come back to bite you if you offend someone who might turn out to be a client or colleague some time later and;
  • May lead to recriminating action against you in some circumstances.
  • It’s a very small world out there and you just never know!
  • Conversely, if you plan to be positive in the process of resigning you will maintain a healthy professional network and sustain a positive attitude towards applying for a new working role.

Think it through

Before handing in your resignation, think carefully about why you’re resigning and whether it’s the right thing to do.

If you’re leaving because of problems at work or a disagreement with your boss, could these problems be sorted out through your company’s standard grievance procedure?

  • Carefully consider your options before you hand in your resignation:
  • Are you committed to leaving? Make a list of reasons of why you should resign and determine whether these can be resolved with your current employer.
  • How will you manage without your wages or if your remuneration changes? How easy will it be to find another job?
  • Have you pursued all avenues for advancement within your current firm?
  • Would you leave if you were offered more money or a promotion?
  • How is your career going? Talk to the boss or your Personnel / HR Manager to assess how they think you’re doing.
  • Will you be better off in your new job? Consider money, location, career, work-life balance and personal development as important factors.
  • Talk to your family and close friends. How do they think you should progress?
  • What does your heart say? What does your head say?