Starting a New Venture: The Ins and Outs of Job Resignation

Written by: Evie Courtier
Published on: 8 Nov 2022

Money

Whether you’re looking to move onto something new, making a career change, seeking retirement, or relocating, you’re required to write your employer a formal letter of resignation. 

At GAAPWeb, we strive to help our audience to leave their current work on an assured and professional note. This article will provide our guidance on how to resign from your job with ease.  

The Right Etiquette: 

  • Check your notice period: before you conduct the formal procedure of handing in your resignation notice, ensure that you know your company's resignation policies and notice period. Be especially wary of policies surrounding working for competitors.  

  • Speak to your boss first: the discussion about leaving your current workplace is one to have with your boss directly. Even if your workplace is collegiate, ensure that your boss hears it from you first.  

  • Schedule a meeting: bear your employer’s professional needs in mind by scheduling a meeting in advance. Giving them a head’s up and understanding the procedure they must follow will stand you in good stead.  

  • Exit interview procedure: most businesses offer an exit interview; take it. An exit interview gives you the chance to share feedback and have a constructive conversation with your company. Stay professional, be polite and don’t criticise the company.  

  • See and sign your new contract: if you’re looking to start a new venture elsewhere, or make a career change, then it’s always wise to complete your contract before jumping ship.  

Formulating your Letter of Resignation:  

  • Professionalism: as a formal document, a professional tone is required for your notice of resignation. Even if you have a close working relationship with your boss, you need to dot the I’s and cross the T’s.  

  • Give thanks for your employment: whatever your experience has been in the workplace, always thank your boss for the opportunity to work with the company.  

  • Stay away from critical detail: keep it short, sweet and direct. Your resignation letter is not a place to register your concerns. Leaving on good terms is always wise, especially to secure a decent reference.


Resignation Letter: 

[Your Name] 
[Address] 

[Date] 
[Company name] 

[Company address] 

Dear [Manager’s name]

I am writing to notify you of my resignation from my role as [Job Title] at [Company Name]. In accordance with my notice period my last day will be [date of last day].  

I want to thank you for welcoming me onto the team and providing me with excellent career opportunities. I truly appreciate the support given to me during my x years at [Company Name]

If there is anything I can do to aid the transition, please let me know. 

Kind regards, 

______________ (signature) 

[Your Name] 


 

Regardless of your reasoning for leaving, a well-written resignation letter is crucial. Leaving on good terms with your company will stand you in good stead for your next stage and future. To discover new job roles, head over to GAAPWeb or to our blog for more related career advice, industry insights and CV advice.