The member will learn how to give notice and what to expect when they do. Understand best practices around the 2-week notice standard as well as putting the notice in writing. Learn how to deliver your registration without putting yourself in an uncomfortable situations. Christine demonstrates how to respond when your boss asks you why you're leaving. Follow the golden rule of giving notice: never leave on bad terms.
- You've negotiated and accepted a great new offer. So, what do you do about your current job? Well, many of us spend a lot of energy trying to land a new opportunity. Once the dust settles, we then realize we have to give notice to our current employer. Depending on your situation, the thought of this can be met with mixed emotions. Maybe you've been unhappy with your current boss and have fantasized how you would make a dramatic exit. Or maybe how you would silently disappear without a trace.
Regardless of your feelings about giving notice, the biggest challenge for most, is sorting through those emotions and seeing the resignation process as a professional activity. When preparing to give notice, people often ask me, do I have to give a two-week notice? Do I have to put it in writing? Do I have to tell my boss in person? Do I have to tell everyone where I'm going or why I'm leaving? These are all important questions that need to be thought through before you take action.
A great starting place is to remember the golden rule of giving notice. Never leave on bad terms. First, give plenty of notice. You're probably familiar with the two week standard. My advice is to not give less than this. However, it is not atypical to give more. For example, if you have a specialized skill set and leaving within two weeks leaves your current employer in a bind, you can offer to stay longer to train someone else.
If possible, give notice in person as well as in writing. I once received a post-it on my desk from an employee indicating that she was giving her two week notice. As her manager, I had invested a lot of time and energy in training her and receiving this information on a post-it, left a bad taste in my mouth. You don't have to provide every detail of your resignation, or even get too personal, if you're not comfortable, but should provide some basic courtesy.
So, let's take a look at what this meeting might look like. - Thanks for meeting with me, Dennis. I wanted to let you know that I've decided to leave the company to pursue another opportunity. - I'm really sad to hear that you're leaving. You're an important part of the team, and we're in the middle of that big project. - It was a difficult decision. I'd like to give a two-week notice, but since things are so hectic right now, I'm available to stay an extra week, if you need me to. - You know that would really help. That would give me the chance to get somebody else up to speed, to keep the project moving.
Thank you. - Okay, then, I'll just plan on staying three weeks instead of two and I'll follow up with a letter of resignation after our meeting. - You should also know that you're under no obligation to give additional details about why you're leaving. So, answer questions with as little, or as much detail as you feel comfortable. So how do you respond if your manager does ask you for more information? I coach people to be honest and professional.
If you have a good relationship with your boss, you can offer constructive feedback, but remember not to make it personal. Ask yourself, how will this feedback be received? And how will I be perceived offering it? If you think there's any chance of backlash down the road, my advice is to not offer it up. In response to this question, I once had an employee whip out a laundry list of complaints, ranging from lazy coworkers to poor food choices in the cafeteria.
I wondered why this employee waited until he resigned to share his feedback. It left me thinking that if he had put as much energy working on solutions before he resigned, as he did in typing out the long list for his exit interview, I might have been left with a better impression. The last tip is to show gratitude for the opportunities and relationships during your time with the company. You can send emails to those you want to show appreciation. Think about coworkers and senior leaders you've interacted with.
Of course, don't forget to connect with them on LinkedIn. As you're giving notice, remember that this is a professional activity, and not your last chance to tell everyone what you really think of them. I realize there are cases when that might feel so good, but I promise you, it won't help you in the long run. If you remember the golden rule we started with, never leave on bad terms, giving notice can be a quick and painless process.
Now, you can start your new opportunity with a clear conscience and the type of reputation that might bring about your next opportunity.
- Analyze a position and salary range.
- Define what you want from a new position.
- Evaluate a job offer.
- Identify tactics and myths for negotiating salary.
- Prepare for negotiating in special situations.
- Assess the best way to give notice at your old job.