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How to Leave Your Former Position

  1. Submit your resignation
    • Hold off on resigning from your position until you have a firm offer from a new employer.
    • Write a brief letter to your manager giving notice of your last day.
    • Outline a list of projects you have been working on.
    • Detail exactly what you will and will not be able to finish before you leave.
    • Provide ample information for your manager to redistribute your responsibilities to other team members.
    • Ensure your letter has a positive tone, even if you are leaving due to personality conflict.
  2. Avoid accepting a counteroffer
    • It is almost never in your best interests to accept a counter offer from your former employer.
    • Statistics indicate that most employees who accept counter offers leave anyway within 10 months.
    • Your former employer may offer more money to evade larger issues or buy time to hire a replacement.
    • Think about the reasons why you sought a new position in the first place.
    • Remember that a committed organization will do what it takes to keep you satisfied before you choose to seek a position elsewhere.
    • Hold off on resigning from your position until you have a firm offer from a new employer.
    • Write a brief letter to your manager giving notice of your last day.
    • Outline a list of projects you have been working on.
    • Detail exactly what you will and will not be able to finish before you leave.
    • Provide ample information for your manager to redistribute your responsibilities to other team members.
    • Ensure your letter has a positive tone, even if you are leaving due to personality conflict.
  3. Close your relationship with your employer amicably
    • Do all you can to turn potentially negative circumstances into an amicable separation.
    • Maintain your sense of professionalism and integrity at all times.
    • Demonstrate a commitment to minimizing workflow disruption.
    • Keep details about your new position, and how you secured it, confidential.
    • Leave on good terms - you may find yourself working with the same colleagues again in the future.

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