You've accepted the job . . . now you have to resign.
Resign With Class
- Make an appointment with your manager and prepare a brief letter of resignation. You've been highly professional during the interview process and have landed the job. Now it is time to be just as professional in resigning from your current employer.
- During the meeting, calmly and concisely explain your decision and make it clear that it is final. Retain your poise if the meeting becomes tense. Burning bridges is not an option.
Be wary of a Counteroffer
While it may be flattering, there can be drawbacks. Is the counteroffer a ploy to avoid short-term inconvenience? Will your career path be blocked? Here are ten reasons not to accept a counteroffer:
- What type of company do you work for if you have to threaten to resign before they give you what you are worth?
- Where is the money for the counteroffer coming from? Is it your raise early?
- All companies have strict wage and salary guidelines which must be followed.
- Your company will immediately start looking for a new person at a lower salary.
- You have now made your employer aware that you are unhappy. From this day on, your loyalty will always be in question.
- When promotion time comes around, your employer will remember who was loyal, and who wasn't.
- When times get tough, your employer might begin the cutback with you.
- The same circumstances that now cause you to consider a change will repeat themselves in the future, even if you accept a counteroffer.
- Statistics show that if you accept a counteroffer, the probability of voluntarily leaving in six months or being let go within one year is extremely high.
- Accepting a counteroffer is an insult to your intelligence and a blow to your personal pride, knowing that you were bought.
- Once the word gets out, the relationship that you now enjoy with your co-workers may never be the same, you might lose the personal satisfaction of peer group acceptance.
- Remember, your first decision is most likely the right decision. It's time to move on!