Human Resource

The Best Way To Give Notice


When you have been presented with a job offer and are ready to give notice there can be a right and a wrong way to handle it. Depending on why you are leaving, there could be a temptation to not give notice or unload any frustrations on your boss. This is never a good idea. Even though you are leaving it doesn’t mean your paths won’t cross in the future. In a time when building your network is so important, leaving in a negative way you can risk damage to your work reputation and future references.

 The first step is to tell your boss about the job offer. No matter how much you trust your co-workers to keep a secret, you don’t want the news of you leaving get to your boss before you tell them yourself. Your contract or company handbook may say how much notice you need to give. If it doesn’t, two weeks is the standard but the more lead time you can give a company the more they will appreciate it. Leaving without much notice causes the burden of covering your work to be passed on to your co-workers.

Keep the conversation concise and positive. You don’t have to get into the specifics of your new job just thank your boss for the opportunity, if they ask why you are leaving give a simple reason. You could say something about the way the new job aligns better with your career goals, again, keep it simple! After you have informed them you should write a formal resignation letter. Keep it brief and professional and stick to the facts. There is no need for explanations for your departure, simply state that you are leaving and when your last day will be, and thank them for your experience at the company.

After giving notice and informing your coworkers we are in full support of you going out and celebrating your new job, congratulations!