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CAREER DEVELOPMENT / JUL. 10, 2013
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How to Hand in your Notice at Work

Congratulations! You got a new job and it is time to wave good bye to your current employer. While this is a period of transition for you, it is important that you act responsibly and professionally to ensure that you complete the procedure successfully. Handing in your notice at work is often a cause of anxiety and worry for individuals since they are unsure about how they should approach the subject.

Here is a quick guide on how to hand in your notice and be on your way to your new job:

Book the Meeting

Once you have a job offer and you sign the contract with another company, the first thing you should do is book a meeting with your current employer. This may sound daunting but it is imperative that you talk to your boss/manager before breaking the news to others (especially through social media!) 

Prepare in Advance

Once you have book the appointment, make sure that you make a list of your points for the meeting agenda. This will help your ease nerves and be more confident when you speak to your boss about leaving. There are many individuals who postpone this meeting as they don’t feel comfortable breaking the news in person, but it is important that you have a one-on-one meeting rather than sending an email. 

Stick to your Points

Enter the meeting confidently and try to avoid irrelevant conversation with your boss. This is your meeting therefore you should establish the agenda of it. Begin strongly by explaining that you are leaving, you should tell your boss that you appreciate the opportunities but it is time to move on for you. If you boss makes a counter offer, decline it politely since this can lead to a whole new situation for you. Be brief and professional so that you get your point across effectively.

Establish the Protocol

It is important that you make 3 points during the meeting:

  • What your last date at work is
  • When your manager will inform others (clients, colleagues, senior management)
  • How the transition will be made (training others if necessary etc.)

The absolute most important point though is to leave on a good note because a resentful employer is a bad reference.

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