The Bonobo Guide To Goodbyes: Resignation Letters, Handovers And Exit Interviews

guide to goodbyes

You’ve nailed the interview, accepted the role, signed the dotted line and are busy picking out suits for your swanky new job. It’s time to quit your current job, but what exactly does it involve, and how should you go about it? 

Talk to your boss

The first person to know you’re leaving should be your boss, not your office bestie. Ask for a private meeting and, before you speak face-to-face, decide on a reason for leaving and double check your notice period to work out when your last day will be.

Keep things professional and friendly, and thank your boss at the end of the meeting; you never know when you might meet again! Also, be prepared for your boss putting forward a counter offer – would you accept it?

Write a resignation letter

Your letter of resignation should be short and sweet. Keep it to the point, stating the position you are resigning from, the company name and your last day, and include a brief thank you at the end. Simply telling your boss you’re off isn’t enough — the official letter is an important step in the process of switching jobs.

Organise a handover

Make your departure as smooth as possible for your colleagues by tying up any loose ends and laying out your responsibilities. Suggest people to take on some tasks when you’re gone, giving yourself time to train a newbie if necessary, and, if you’re feeling really nice, offer to answer any urgent questions via email after you’ve left.

Be positive

Don’t strut around bad mouthing your company; you don’t want to destroy relationships you might need some day. You might be thrilled to be leaving, but try to contain your excitement for your colleagues’ sake. 

Consider writing thank you cards or even buying small gifts (don’t show off, now) for your closest colleagues to thank them for helping your career and supporting you in your time at the company.

Exit interview

Not all companies have exit interview, but for those that do it’s a great time to offer feedback and influence positive changes in the office. Give constructive criticism about any areas you would improve, and remain positive and professional at all times. Ranting and raving about what a terrible company they’re running won’t help anyone.

Now that you’ve waved goodbye to your old position, it’s time to see where we can take your career next. Get in touch with our recruitment consultants to discover your next role today.

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