7 Things To Do Before You Resign

There are times when enough is just enough. There is nothing else you can do, instead you just have to quit and walk away. However, there are ways to do that and ways not to do that. One example of not doing something would be to get up and walk out of the meeting because you just can’t take it anymore. Instead, you want to leave cordially; you do not want to burn any bridges. Remember you may need this job or your manager as a reference for the next one; otherwise it might just be hello unemployment.

In that regard, here are 7 things you should to make your resignation easier, for everyone involved:

1. Take the other route first

When you think that you want to resign make sure that it is the last thing you can do. Try to work out things amicably. Whether it is a grievance with a coworker or a supervisor, perhaps you don’t feel challenged enough, or on the other hand perhaps you feel too overwhelmed with work, whatever it is make sure you take the obvious routes first, such as talk to the corresponding party, whether that is the coworker in question, or your boss, supervisor, or employer. Even if you know that you want to quit, ensure that you try talking it out first, even if it is just so that you can say in your next interview that you tried everything before doing the last thing imaginable, i.e. resign.

2. Inform your boss first

Before handing in your official resignation, ensure that you talk to your boss first about your plans. It’s always better that the boss hears it from you informally first, so as to insure that he is not caught off guard. Plus you can’t be sure how he may react to the news, so it is always better to test out the waters, before you throw in the final hatchet. This way he knows its coming and he doesn’t feel betrayed, hence will be more likely to give you a better recommendation, if required.

3. Ensure you have another offer in hand

Still, even before you talk to your boss, ensure that you have another job in place. You should have the official offer letter in hand even before you start any resignation proceedings. It doesn’t matter if you’ve cleared the interview, or you are shoo-in for the position. Do not resign until you have a formal offer letter in hand. The reason behind this is you do not want to risk losing out on both positions and end up unemployed. Of course, if you choose to take the risk, that is your right; however, ensure that you know what you are risking first.

4. Submit your resignation letter and get a signed copy back

Once you know that you are going to reign, and you have all the bases covered, such as you have already talked to your boss informally, and have an offer letter in hand, then and only then should you go ahead and submit the official resignation letter. In addition to submitting it, ensure that you get a signed copy of the letter back, or if it is electronic that they reply stating that they have received it. This is mainly a formality, however a lesson rudely learned. This ensures that you have proof that you submitted the letter and that they accepted the terms of your leaving, such as the notice period, etc. This will ensure that the management doesn’t turn around and say that they fired you instead or that you didn’t serve the notice period hence they are cutting your last salary, or some other baloney. Mostly something like this won’t happen, but it’s better to be safe rather than sorry.

5. Know how you’ll react to a counter offer

Once you have submitted your resignation, be prepared for the counter offer. Unless you are leaving on really bad terms, or on mutual agreement, chances are that they will try to get you to stay by offering you more money, a promotion, or additional benefits. After all, it would be cheaper to pay you to stay rather than hire someone new, train them, and have them gain the experience that you already have within the company and with its clients. Therefore, be prepared because chances are that a counter offer is coming, and when it does, be prepared with your answer. You do not want to be caught fumbling and unsure of your answer. Weigh the pros and cons; do you want to stay for the extra money? Because, once the allure of a raise has ended, you still might be stuck with the same problems that had you contemplating leaving in the first place.

6. Take Care of the Paperwork

The worst thing about doing anything is the paperwork. No one likes doing paperwork; it is tedious and annoying to say the least. However, like with most things in life, we have to just suck it up and do it. After all, isn’t that what being an adult is all about? Start by making a list of all the paperwork that you need to do in respect to changing your job. Ask the HR at your company about all the documentation you’ll need. Check the forms you may need for tax purposes. If you think paperwork is annoying, imagine how much worse is trying to fix missing paperwork or incorrect paperwork. This should be a priority as you do not want this to delay your joining at the next company.

7. Ensure a smooth transition

Regardless of the condition that you are leaving in, ensure that you finish your job and smoothly transition the work to your replacement. Whatever beef you may or may not have with the company, it is not that poor person’s fault. Hence, ensure that you tick all the boxes, such as finish any pending projects that the person may have a hard time immediately taking over, notify the clients that you are leaving and that so and so will be handling their accounts from now on, also make sure that your replacement knows everything they need to effectively take over.

In addition to these seven primary tips, ensure that you are not leaving any personal files on the office computer or any personal physical items at the office. It will be extremely embarrassing to come for the said items, after you already have left for good. Also, ensure that you leave on good terms with everyone; you do not want to leave on a negative note or ruffle any unnecessary feathers, after all you never know what the future holds, so there is no point in burning down the bridges; bridges that you may or may not need in the future.

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