Congratulations on landing a new job! Now, you’re tasked with notifying your current employer that you’re headed on to different waters. Despite any elaborate scenes that you’ve imagined while getting ready in the morning, this task should be far less awkward than you imagine it to be.
First, check your HR policies and figure out if you’re required to provide any specific forms of notice. Make sure that you comply with the guidelines set out by your current company so that any benefits you’ve accrued will be paid out and you can use your supervisors as a reference. If there is no set policy, two-weeks is a customary guideline to use. Make sure that you’ve allowed enough time to pass off any projects that you’re working on, and ideally help find a replacement for yourself.
Second, write a letter of resignation. This way, there are no questions regarding your intent and you are less likely to be coerced into staying in a position that is no longer right for you. Format your letter to be respectful of your boss and thankful for the opportunities that they gave you. Remember not to burn any bridges, who knows what relationships will resurface later in your career. Request a face-to-face meeting (if possible) and sit down with your boss to let them know you’re giving your resignation notice, and give them the letter.
Finally, be gracious and courteous to your team in your final weeks of employment. Again, you want to leave a good lasting impression. Make sure that everything is set up nicely for whoever will fill your role later, offer to be available for any outstanding questions, and make sure that people know how much you appreciated working with them.