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Leaving a job

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People Source Recruitment Tips

Leaving a job can be a scary thing, it's not something most of us do very often. We've put some tips together to help you out.

Handing in your notice

Starting a new job is always exciting; however, the prospect of handing in your notice to your current employer can be daunting for some. Don’t worry, you are not alone - most people are understandably apprehensive. Changing jobs is stressful and not done lightly. A good deal of time and effort, along with a fair amount of soul-searching has gone into you making your decision to accept a new job. Remember this at all times.


1. Notify your employer of your notice.
2. Confirm your leaving date.
3. Depart on good terms.
4. Keep us notified at every stage.
Your letter

Your notice should always be given in writing and you should keep a copy for your own personal records. The letter you write needs to convey only your intention to leave and the date you are leaving. There is absolutely no obligation to state your reasons, although many people add a goodwill tag. Always date your letter. Ask to see your manager/supervisor privately and give them your letter. If you are asked why you are leaving, 'time to move on' is quite sufficient if you don’t want to disclose any other reasons. You may want to add more, but above all avoid a confrontation. If all goes well, your boss will accept your resignation and wish you good luck.
Notice period

Your notice period will be stated in either your contract of employment or the original letter sent to you when offered the job. Remember, even if you are asked to stop coming into work before your notice period is up (and this is not uncommon), you will still be paid to the end of the period, so you won’t lose out.
Handling resistance

In most cases, managers will be disappointed at losing a member of staff, but will accept the situation graciously and begin to make arrangements for your leaving. It is likely that your boss will be disappointed at your leaving and this could make your predicament more uncomfortable, especially if you have a good relationship. So be prepared to stick to your guns. An employer may encourage you to stay by offering more responsibility, an increase in salary (remember this will cost considerably less than replacing you), a complete change of position, or the opportunity of further training. However, generally most people who give in and stay are invariably on the job market again in around three months' time - with even less chance of finding something they like.

Don't be bullied into submission

You looked for a new job in the first place because you were unhappy with your current position, and it has taken you handing in your notice for your boss to wake up to the facts and realise your worth. On the other hand, your new company has recognised your strengths straight away. At the end of the day, it's your life and your career - you must be selfish up to a point. Do not be persuaded to withdraw your notice to mull over things, this will only delay your start date, and will not impress your new employer.