5 Important Things To Do When Planning To Resign

You know that you are ready to move onto other things. You can feel that you are clearly not in the right place. You want more out of your career and you have certain professional goals that you want to reach. You undoubtedly are ready to resign, but yet you feel a bit unsure of what to do or how to prepare for this. The thought and preparation that you put into your resignation can make all the difference in the world—so you want to do your part to make this work to your advantage.  What to do when planning to resign?

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Resigning from a job, particularly one that you have enjoyed or done well with, is never an easy thing. It may be liberating to you on one level, but yet you may feel guilt or anxiety as you prepare for the big moment. It may feel as if you have the weight of the world on your shoulders, but there are some helpful things you can put in place to make it all run smoother. Resigning from your job can ultimately be a positive step towards the success that you want to seek out, and it’s time to make this all work out well for everybody in the end.

If you can be mindful of what steps you can put together to help yourself and your employer, then it will go a long way. You don’t want to leave on a negative note, but you also need to be sure that you see this through. Take a deep breath, try to stay positive, and above all remember what you are doing this for. Here are some steps to help you through resigning which will make for a successful exit overall.

  1. Have a plan in place: You never want to resign out of emotion or on a whim. Have a plan in place that details your exit and what it will mean. Be ready with this plan, think it through before you have the big conversation, and then be ready to use it as you move through the transition phase. This will help you to keep some peace of mind and ensure that this ending isn’t a negative one. Though you may very well fear what comes out of this, it doesn’t need to end badly if you put some thought and planning into the process.
  2. Practice what you are going to say: As part of your planning you want to be sure to think about what you are going to say when you do resign. Think of what you will say about your reasons, but know too that you don’t have to go into too much detail. Be mindful of sparing feelings but also being honest about things too. Keep it professional, respectful, and try to keep it as positive as you can. It may be helpful to role play so that you don’t lose your nerve as you move through this conversation when it actually happens.
  3. Have some provisions to help you through the transition period: Have you resume updated and start moving forward with your plans. If you are starting your own business then by all means have a good starting point so that you can just dive right into this. If you need some sort of financial support to get you through this transition period, then be sure to save up so that you are ready. Don’t wait and hope for the best, but rather have the right steps and provisions in place to help make this transition much easier and run much smoother.
  4. Be proactive so that you leave nothing up to chance: Don’t go into this with the chance for any surprises. Know what could come out of the conversation and recognize that they may have you leave right then. Be prepared with what you need from this job and then think through how you will move into the next. Expect the unexpected and play out the possible scenarios so that you know how to react to any of them if they should come up.
  5. Wrap up any loose ends and do your best to leave on good terms: Above all don’t leave your employer with a mess that they have to clean up. You never want to burn bridges so do your part to keep things as professionally pulled together as you possibly can. Make it easy for somebody to step into your role and know what to do, and it will always serve you well.

If you are going to resign, then think of the best way to leave on good terms. Think of how to keep it professional and be mindful of how you are perceived. Be honest and above all remember that you are doing this for a good move for yourself in the long run.

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