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How to Resign Effectively

This may sound simple but sometimes the process can become complicated. Here are a few guidelines we at FPC of St. Louis recommend:
  1. Before resigning, be confident that your decision to leave and take another job is the right thing for you. Also, you should have a written commitment from your new employer.

  2. Prepare a simple letter that clearly states your resignation in a very positive way. Give copies of this letter to both your manager and your Human Resources manager. This letter will make your intentions clear and help avoid the complications of a counter-offer - See   Avoiding the Counter-Offer.
    The letter should be brief and to the point and politely address that your decision is final. For example:

    Dear (Manager),
    This is to inform you that I am submitting my resignation as (your job title) with (your company), effective (last date of employment). I greatly appreciate the opportunity that (your company) has given me to exercise my skills and develop my career.

    My decision is final and irrevocable. I would greatly appreciate it if you would respect this decision and avoid any attempt to cause me to reconsider.

    I will make every effort to leave on the best of terms by completing my assignments and making smooth transitions for those who will take over my current responsibilities.

    Sincerely,

    (Your Signature)

    cc: (Human Resources Manager)

  3. Continue working to the best of your ability while you work out your notice period which should normally be two weeks. If your employer tries to pressure you to stay longer, you will have to determine whether or not that is necessary. We suggest two weeks. Staying active and positive in working with others will dispel any concerns that you may be a negative influence on others at the company.

  4. Sometimes an employer will accept your resignation and ask you to leave immediately. This may be a bit distressing, but understand that your employer may have good reason for such action. First, he may be concerned that your exposure to proprietary information could jeopardize the company's intellectual properties. Second, he may be concerned that others in the company could be influenced to follow in your footsteps. It is not such a bad thing to leave early. You can think of it as an extra two week paid vacation (your company is obligated to pay you) or perhaps you can bank the money and get started on your new job even sooner than planned. You and your new employer will both be happy about that!
You might want to do as the country western song says and tell your boss to "Take this job and shove it!" Although it might sound like fun, we at FPC of St. Louis do not think that is the most professional approach and therefore is not in your best interest.

Give your FPC of St. Louis recruiter a call to review this process and your letter before actually resigning.

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