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  • Writer's pictureAnn Walsh

3 Do's and 3 Don'ts When Resigning From A Job

How you leave a job has a lasting impression on your former colleagues and employer. Striving for a positive exit and maintaining professionalism throughout the resignation process is essential. I always say, "How you leave is how people will remember you; finish strong!"

Leaving a job better than when you arrived is an admirable goal. It involves fulfilling your duties and positively impacting the organization and your colleagues. You can achieve this by documenting your work processes, sharing knowledge and best practices, and tying loose ends.

Taking the initiative to contribute to the company's ongoing success even during your departure creates a positive legacy and helps maintain professional relationships.


  1. Provide a written resignation letter: It is essential to submit a formal resignation letter to your supervisor or the appropriate HR representative. A written resignation helps maintain a professional and documented record of your departure. This letter should include your intention to resign and the effective departure date. Pro Tip: Always include a brief expression of gratitude for the opportunities you had with the company.

  2. Give sufficient notice: Give your employer ample time to transition your responsibilities smoothly. Two weeks' notice is a standard practice in many industries, but consider your role's specific circumstances and requirements. Giving adequate notice demonstrates professionalism and allows your employer to plan for your departure.

  3. Assist with the transition: Show willingness to help in the transition process; this could involve preparing documentation, training a replacement, or providing guidance to your colleagues. Cooperating during the transition period reflects positively on your professionalism and maintains a positive relationship with your soon-to-be former colleagues.


  1. Share your resignation prematurely: It's essential to wait until you have formally resigned before discussing your departure with colleagues or posting about it on social media. Prematurely sharing your resignation can lead to misunderstandings and disrupt the transition process. Maintain confidentiality until you have informed your manager or HR representative.

  2. Burn bridges: Resigning from a job can sometimes be accompanied by negative emotions, but it's crucial to handle the situation professionally and avoid burning bridges. Avoid engaging in conflicts, spreading negativity, or airing grievances before you leave. Remember that maintaining positive relationships will only benefit your future career and reputation.

  3. Share confidential information: Respect your employer's trust by refraining from taking or disclosing any personal or proprietary information. This includes client lists, trade secrets, or sensitive internal documents. Demonstrate your integrity and maintain the ethical standards expected of a professional.

Your professional reputation and the relationships you build throughout your career create your brand and network. By leaving a job with integrity, respect, and a commitment to a smooth transition, you increase the likelihood of positive references, networking opportunities, and future career prospects.


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