Leaving your job is hard enough, but it's a whole different ballgame when you've built relationships with your boss and co-workers. Whether you’ve received a better offer or you’re ready for something new, keep these tips in mind to make the split easier for all involved: 

Don’t forget to give notice and write a professional resignation letter. When you’re resigning from a job, it’s best practice to give a minimum two weeks notice, as well as write a polite resignation letter, thanking your employer for the opportunities you’ve been given. Resigning in a positive manner will give you a better chance of getting a good reference.

Don’t resign until you have accepted a new position. It’s best not to get ahead of yourself and resign before having accepted a new opportunity. Although you’re excited about the potential of a new opportunity, hold off until you’re certain there is another opportunity.

Don’t say anything you might regret. Whatever your situation may be, if you don’t like your boss or your job, don’t be negative when resigning from your current position. Instead, if you have the opportunity to have an exit interview, you can discuss your concerns in a tactful manner. It’s best not to burn any bridges in the process.

Don’t change your work ethic. Once you’ve formally resigned with your current employer, don’t spend the last few weeks at your job not being productive. Instead, treat the time you have left in your current role as you would any other time. Be sure to wrap up any loose strings and help in the transition of your roles and responsibilities.

Don’t forget to clean up your computer. You’re about to resign from your job – before doing so, delete any personal files and emails from your computer. Just because you’re prepared to give notice, your employer may choose to have your job terminated at the time of your resignation. Be on the safe side and clean up your computer before talking to your boss.

Don’t brag about your new job. Gloating about a new opportunity can generate resentment among fellow employees. Instead, thank your colleagues for their support and mention how you’ll miss working with them.

Resigning from a job can be daunting, however, it’s important to do it in a professional and respectable way. Provide a letter of resignation, appropriate notice when available, and continue to do your job as you normally would until your last day. Don’t forget to say goodbye to your co-workers and share your contact information so you can stay in touch. 

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