How to Resign Part 2: Resigning Without Regrets

Updated: Jan 6

Last week we covered what to do when you are presented with a counteroffer during your resignation. Today we are talking about how to resign without regrets and the process you should prepare for when getting ready to move on to another opportunity.



1. Be Confident

One of the first issues that can strain the relationship is how much notice you owe your old employer. There is never a convenient time to leave a job, and you shouldn’t let guilt about the work you’re leaving behind make you pass up a great opportunity. People quit all the time; the company will survive without you.


2. Review

Prior to resigning and setting a start date with your new employer, review your company’s policies. The standard notice period is two weeks. However, some senior-level executives or project managers may be required to complete an extended notice period, especially those with an employment contract. Even though your new employer may want you to start immediately, they will most likely wait a few weeks for the right person.


3. Resignation Letter

The Smith Consulting Group can assist you with your resignation letter. Generally, it should be brief and to the point, simply stating the date of your resignation and last day of employment. To further avoid counter-offers, it’s important to state that your decision to leave is final. Additionally, there is no need to advise your ex-employer of the name of your new employer.


4. Be Prepared

Prior to turning in your letter of resignation, make sure your desk and files are in order and your personal items can easily be collected, since you may be asked to leave the premises immediately. This is especially true if you are working for a large company, privy to confidential information or leaving to go to work for a direct competitor.


5. Schedule

Schedule a time to meet with your manager and plan what you’re going to say and then stick to it. Since you never know if and when your paths may cross in the future, emphasize the positives and avoid the negative aspects of your current position. Inform your supervisor that you will complete any outstanding tasks to the best of your ability and participate in the smooth transition of projects.


6. Resignation Complete

Take a deep breath, relax and conduct business as usual. Make sure your office and projects are in order and try to clear up unfinished business. If your co-workers ask why you’re leaving, make generic statements such as, “It’s a career opportunity I just can’t pass up.” Even if you’re leaving on strained or under bad circumstances, resist the temptation to criticize your employer or manager.


You are now an outsider, which makes it difficult to show up for the next nine days. Your best plan includes staying busy, maintaining a low profile and keeping your attitude positive and professional. Focus on your new opportunity and the fact that you’ll be out of here soon. Manage your transition well and you will have no regrets.


For further information and suggestions on how to resign, click here to view this short video.

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