What to expect when you hand in your notice

So, you’ve made the big decision to leave your job. You’ve invested time and energy researching the market, attended interviews and ultimately been successful. Firstly, congratulations! The recruitment process can be frustrating, draining and challenging, but taking the time to manage your career has huge rewards.

Before you move on to your dream role, you face the daunting task of handing in your notice and leaving your current position. Here I provide some tips and insight into what to expect and how to prepare.

Resignation letter

To officially acknowledge that you’re leaving your role, you’ll need to put it in writing. A resignation letter should be formal, to the point and indicate when you will be leaving. Remember a resignation letter is not an invitation to list what you didn’t like about your role, but a chance to thank your employer and explain why you are leaving. Your recruitment consultant will be happy to help you with this.

Meeting with your manager

It is important to hand in your resignation face to face with your manager. When setting up the meeting, make sure you’ll be somewhere private, not an open plan office or break out area.

Be professional

Whatever your relationship with your manager, when it comes to this meeting it is important to be professional. Avoid unnecessary small talk, and let them know why you have called the meeting.

Prepare for a negative reaction

Remember this news could come as a shock to your manager. Be honest about your reasons for leaving and give them the chance to digest the information.

Be strong!

Handing in your notice can be tough and it’s normal to feel anxious.  Remember why you are choosing to move on and how much time and energy you have invested in the process so far.

The counter offer

Once you’ve reached the stage where you’ve handed in your notice and agreed a date to leave, the tough part is done, and sometimes it’s all over. However, at this point your employer may make you an attractive counter offer, leaving you in a tricky position. Counter offers include financial incentives,  promotions, more responsibility, less responsibility to accommodate anything you don’t like and study support/ extra benefits.

When weighing up the counter offer, it is important to consider these points:

Delayed recognition

If your employer believes you are worth an increase in salary or a promotion, why wasn’t this offered to you before you decided to leave? If you are leaving a role on financial grounds but it’s taken your resignation to secure it, are you better off moving to an organisation that recognises and rewards success earlier?

Is it just about the money?

Whatever the counter offer, a key question to ask yourself is whether there will be enough change to keep you happy long term or if you’ll find yourself looking again in a few months.

The emotional counter offer 

Whilst nothing tangible may be offered, an emotional counter offer brings your loyalty to the job and colleagues into question. This won’t occur in the form of a formalised offer, but will emphasise the value you bring and even promise improvements in the future. This can be a tough one and it’s important to remember why you started this process in the first place and the new role you have worked hard to obtain.

Working your notice period

Whether this is a week, a month or longer, working your notice period is an important way to cement your legacy and leave on good terms. Turning up to work as usual and maintaining the quality expected will allow you to leave with strong references, lasting relationships and a professional network you can continue to grow.

Peer group pressure

Leaving a role also means leaving colleagues, something that can be quite difficult. People may encourage you to stay but it is important to remember that career decisions are personal and no reflection on your work relationships.

Gardening leave

In some roles your employer may make the decision to ask you to leave immediately or place you on gardening leave. It is important to leave on good terms and do whatever your employer requires you to do.

If you would like to talk further about handing in your notice, please give me a call on 0161 8283019 or email me at jdeveling@axonmoore.com