Avoid these 3 common mistakes when resigning from a job

Avoid these 3 common mistakes when resigning from a job

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Avoid these 3 common mistakes when resigning from a job

Avoid these 3 common mistakes when resigning from a job. Be careful that you don’t surprise your manager, make your intentions to leave common knowledge or burn your bridges when you leave.

1. Being a super secret squirrel and surprising your manager

Nobody likes surprises. Before resigning, you will want to lay the groundwork with your manager that you are looking to move on. How much you say and when you say it will be determined by your relationship with your manager and how close you are to securing a new role.

If you are moving internally, you may need their support to get the job. The manager would be a key advocate for you, so you would need to tell them early.

If your relationship isn’t great and you are moving externally, then you might not need to tell them until later in the process. Even in this situation, avoid surprising them with a resignation email. Also make sure they aren’t the last to find out in the office.


2. Telling everyone you want to leave

A common mistake is to tell everyone your plan to resign. Be careful with being too open with your intentions to quit. For starters, your job may fall through or there might be delays.

If your current employer knows you plan to leave then they may make your job more difficult or you may miss out on opportunities.

The challenge is not keeping everything too secret, whilst not telling everyone.


3. Burning your bridges

It is the classic job advice – don’t burn your bridges. The reason it is such common advice, is because it is spot on. Burning your bridges is a common mistake to avoid when resigning from a job.

Emotions can get in the way of cool hard logic. We may want to make a point about how poorly we have been treated. Promises may have been broken. Behaviour may have been poor. Unless this goes into criminal, discriminatory or abusive behaviour I would recommend keeping your cool.

Ultimately, you expressing your emotions is unlikely to change anything.

What is more likely to happen, is that you will be perceived as negative.

If you really need to express your points, find someone senior who you have a good relationship with and will be able to act on your insights. Even this though is risky.


Now that you have avoided these 3 common mistakes when resigning from a job, prepare for your next role with our 100 day plan for your new job and read our 5 essentials steps to resigning from a job.