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How to Leave Your Job for a New One

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The time may come in a person’s career when they wish to leave their current employment to pursue another position, change their career path or simply wish to quit due to job dissatisfaction. Irrespective of the reason behind resigning from a position, it is important to leave your current work place on good terms and remain professional at all times.

There are many ways to leave your job to ensure satisfaction to both your current employer, your new employer while also maintaining your own credibility. The first step to take is to carefully consider why you wish to leave and the pros and cons of doing so. It may be advised to shadow the department of your new workplace before handing in your notice to ensure that you will be happy moving to the new job. It will look bad should you leave one job for another and then decide you were happier where you were and thus wish to return.

If you have weighed up all the advantages and disadvantages of leaving your current job, and thus decide you will want to resign, you will then have to take the necessary resignation steps. This will typically include writing a letter of resignation and personally handing it to your employer as a mark of mutual respect. You will potentially have to sit with your employer and explain in person why you are leaving and in this instance you must be truthful but professional and polite at all times. If you part on bad terms you will damage your chances of getting a good letter of reference from them.


Typically, when resigning from a job, your employment contract will stipulate a notice period that must be carried out before leaving. This period will usually be between 2 weeks to one month, but depending on the length of service you did, you may be required to stay longer and even help with the transition.

Helping with the transition is where an employee may be required to help train up a new employee to take their place, thus ensuring a smooth transition between the original worker and the new worker. By offering to help with the transition you will create a good image for yourself to both your current company and future company, as a person who takes their responsibilities seriously.

When writing your letter of resignation you should include the date of which your resignation will become effective, the reason for your leaving and most importantly, you should thank the employer for the opportunity to work there. It is important to write a well written letter of resignation to ensure you leave on a positive note should you ever need to return or ask your old employer for references.