While resigning from your current position can be emotional and sometimes stressful, there are several things you can do to make the process go smoothly and quickly.

Put it in writing. Handing your boss a resignation letter is the most effective way to handle an uncomfortable situation. Here are few reasons why a resignation letter is a good way to go:

  • It’s formal and will become part of your permanent record, protecting you if there is ever any dispute about the situation.
  • It helps you keep the focus on the positive aspects of your career move rather than any negative aspects of your old situation.
  • It relieves the pressure of having to speak first.

Make sure to give fair notice – two weeks is most common. Help to transition your old position and duties, but also try to get out as soon as possible. You won’t be learning anything new and postponing your departure won’t help your current employer find a new way to handle your old workload.

Keep things simple by not even discussing counter offers with your current employer – it just makes things complicated. If somehow you do get into the conversation here are a few reasons you shouldn’t accept the offer:

  • Many times money isn’t the only reason you are leaving. If you take a counter offer the same things that you were unhappy with before are still going to be there. It’s likely you’ll end up moving on anyway.
  • Where is the money for the counter offer coming from? Is it your next raise early?
  • You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy. From this day forward your loyalty will be in question.

Stay strong, remember why you’re moving on and take that next step in your career!