Don’t Burn Bridges: How to Resign from a Job Gracefully

August 22, 2018

Leaving your current job to pursue something which you find better is both exciting and nerve-wracking. You are ecstatic about your new opportunity but are worried about burning bridges if you leave your current job. Well, to help you get over that dilemma, here are six important tips on how to resign from a job gracefully.

Inform and Always Provide Two Weeks’ Prior Notice

It is always a bad idea to quit a job on the spot. The standard is to at least give a two weeks’ notice prior to your resignation. No matter how desperate you are to leave your current company, you should never walk out on a job. This will ultimately leave a bad impression of the company and could cause you to have trouble finding a job in the future. The company you’ll be applying in the future will assume that you will have a high chance of doing that to them also which lowers your chances of getting hired. Submitting a notice in writing is a custom in the professional world.

Don’t Gossip. Tell Your Manager First

Never gossip or talk to your co-workers about your plans on leaving a job prior to informing your direct supervisor or manager. This is really an unprofessional and unethical act. The first person you need to inform about your resignation is your direct head. Before informing him or her with a written notice, request to have a private talk at the office. You can check out The Career Conversation to know the ways to properly have this important talk.

Be Honest and Transparent

When leaving one job for another, there is a need to be honest with co-workers and supervisors. If you lie to them on your last day, there are high chances that they will catch you. Especially in our high-tech world today, your lie can easily be detected once you’ve updated your LinkedIn status. A big tip in having the goal of not burning bridges it to be honest, transparent and upfront with why you are leaving the company.

Finish Properly and Tie Up Loose Ends

Prior to leaving, you still need to make sure that you are not leaving your department in a ditch. Make sure to neatly arrange your work documents and finish the unfinished so that you won’t leave trouble for the department and for the guy who’ll be taking over your position.  Make sure to discuss this with your supervisor.

Express Your Gratitude

One of the best things you can do when leaving the company on your final day is expressing your sincerest gratitude to your supervisors and co-workers for everything that they’ve done to help you out in your journey and of course, for giving you a chance in the first place. You can even arrange to have a short get together to talk, eat and make final messages.


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