Believe it or not this is one of the biggest fears people have in Europe when changing jobs: We have outlined a few tips, that are not SET in STONE but hopefully will help you in this difficult time.
Resigning professionally is crucial because it reflects your integrity, respect for colleagues, and commitment to maintaining a positive reputation. A graceful exit ensures smoother transitions, preserves valuable relationships, and leaves a lasting impression of professionalism.
The Do’s of Job Resignation:
- Give Appropriate Notice:
- The standard notice period in Ireland is usually one month, and it’s important to adhere to it for smooth transitions, legal compliance, professionalism, and maintaining references.
- It’s important to give respect to your employer by handing in notice as it allows them to find a replacement in time and give a good recommendation for you when you are finding new employment.
- Submit a Written Resignation:
- A formal resignation letter is important because it clarifies your departure, maintains professionalism, provides documentation, and aids in a smooth transition.
- Schedule a Meeting:
- For example: “Dear [Supervisor’s Name], I would like to request a private meeting with you to discuss a matter of importance regarding my position. Could we schedule a convenient time to meet in the next few days?”
- Offer to Help with the Transition:
- Expressing your willingness to assist in the transition process is not only a professional courtesy but also a way to leave a lasting positive impression and maintain good relationships with your colleagues and employer.
The Don’ts of Job Resignation:
- Don’t Resign Impulsively:
- Take your time to consider resigning carefully; don’t let emotions drive hasty decisions. Weigh the consequences and explore alternatives before making your choice.
- Avoid Burning Bridges:
- Leaving on good terms and avoiding negative sentiments is crucial because it preserves your reputation, fosters positive relationships, and benefits your emotional well-being and future opportunities.
- Don’t Discuss Your Resignation Prematurely:
- Discussing your resignation with colleagues or on social media before notifying your employer is unprofessional, breaches confidentiality, and can have negative consequences for your reputation and relationships.
- Never Criticise the Company or Your Colleagues:
- Avoid criticising the company, coworkers, or management in your resignation letter or exit interviews. Focus on highlighting the positive aspects of your job and the skills you’ve gained to maintain professionalism and preserve future opportunities.