There is a wealth of advice on how to land your ideal job, but guidance on how to properly leave the not-so-great one you already have is much less common.

Whether you’re dissatisfied with your current position, have found something better, or are simply ready for a change, resigning can be stressful.

However, resigning professionally is a valuable skill that can help you maintain an excellent reputation within your industry.

Superficially, resigning from your job seems as simple as giving proper notice, but managing the process effectively is more complex. Here are our tips for how to resign professionally when you decide to move on.

Often you can be sure you want to make the move to a new job, but you might not be sure of how to go about this, where to start or even what new role you should pursue.

We’ve outlined the best ways of ensuring you complete the process step by step to make it as easy for you as possible.  

1.   Think about your ideal job

If you don’t even know where to start, kick off by thinking about what you would not like to do. This will rule out certain roles and narrow your choice down, helping you realise what you really would like to pursue. We can’t guarantee you can find your exact dream job, but we’ll try to get it close enough!

2.   Stay informed

Sign up to receive notifications and updates from companies that you want to hear from, This is an excellent way of keeping up with new opportunities as soon as they become available. Even when you are not in resignation mode, it’s always a good idea to have an eye on the latest opportunities available.

3.   Make time for job searching

When you are working full time, the last thing you probably want to do is spend your spare time searching for a new one. Scheduling even half an hour a day to your job search can make it seem less daunting - and don’t forget that most sites are now mobile friendly, so you can be searching on job boards on your commute home, or even when you’re watching TV!

4.   Reach out to your network

Unknown to you, your professional network is probably a lot more built up than you think. Use this to your advantage by reaching out to connections working in industries you’re interested in and ask if they know of any new roles.

5.   Research recruitment agencies

Agencies will have greater insights to particular industries and a range of opportunities available that may not be advertised online. Reach out to them and take advantage of their resources - they can help guide you in the right direction and put you in touch with the right people, supporting you at every step of the process.

6.   Focus on LinkedIn

Ensure your profile is up to date - include all of your work experiences and skills and focus on growing your LinkedIn network. Connect with people you know, people you used to know or even mutual connections. It is an easy way of hearing first-hand about opportunities as they arise and allows organisations to get in touch with you directly.

7.   Update your CV

Your CV is the first chance to make an impression on your future employer. Employers usually make their mind up about a person in a matter of seconds, so it is crucial you get your CV right first time round. Ensure your work experience is updated and your contract details are correct.

For further CV advice, please contact one of our specialist consultants.

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