Correctly Resign from a Job

Correctly Resign from a Job

So, you have just found a brand new, sparkly job – hopefully, with help from Kiwi Recruitment. Now, it’s time to resign and let your current boss know that you will be leaving. This can be a dreaded prospect (or sometimes a relief!), but it’s important to hand in your notice as soon as possible with a clear letter that will not only let your boss know, but also leave on the best terms possible.

It’s known that quitting your job can be one of the most stressful situations, especially if you’re moving to a new field.

The best format to send your resignation

The best way to resign is by letter. Telling your boss through e-mail (especially on your work e-mail) can sometimes be seen as unprofessional, although if you work remote then it could be the most practical way to do it.

If you can, hand your notice in person and be honest (without being negative) about why you are leaving.

Keep it to yourself…

When you decide that you will be leaving your job, don’t go and tell the whole company. Keep it to yourself and let people know after you have informed your supervisor or manager. This way, news that you are leaving will come straight from the source (you) and not overheard from Barbara in accounts.

What to write?

Inform your superior of your notice period and try and be as positive as possible. Thank them about the experience and relationships you have acquired through your role, as you may need to contact your boss again in the future. If you’re stuck on how to phrase sentences, there are plenty of resignation letter examples on the internet.

Who should you give it to?

Always address your letter to your manager or your supervisor. Not to a colleague or somebody else in a different department, as when you resign, you want to get it right the first time.

How much notice do you give?

Remember to check back to your contract, as there will be specifications to how many weeks/months you give before you leave. Usually, it’s one week if you have been there less than a year and after a year it can jump to two weeks or a month, but employers do prefer you to give them as much notice as possible so keep that in mind.


Remember to ask for a reference. If you have been there a significant amount of time, it will be important to ask your supervisor or manager if you can rely on them for a reference. This is vital because most jobs you apply to will require a reference from your last job, so you will have to ensure your departure is done with dignity and as amicable as possible (even if you would prefer to walk out to Aretha Franklin’s R.E.S.P.E.C.T).

Are you looking to find a new job? Get in contact with a member of the Kiwi Recruitment team in Chichester and we will be happy to get you back on the saddle and find a job you can be passionate about.

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