Resigning can be a tricky situation all round- whether you have found a better job, you are unhappy with your current job or you just want a change in your career.

Either way, it is important to remain professional throughout this whole process. This will allow you to maintain a positive reputation within the industry.

So take a look at some of the best ways to go about your resignation.


It is important to always remain thankful when announcing your resignation to your manager. More than likely you would not have progressed to your new role if it wasn’t for the experience gained in this role and the people that guided you along the way.


Even though you are leaving the business, always avoid speaking negatively about your employer or about the organisation. You never know when you might need to lean on them again or require a further reference.

Handing in your notice

Showing respect is the best way of ensuring professionalism. Things like giving your notice in person to your manager and then following up with a letter is a great way to do this. This shows that you appreciate them and understand the importance of handling the situation in a professional manner.

Current Contract

Companies resignation policies may vary depending on roles and length of employment, so you should always re-read your contract to see what process you are obliged to follow. The notice period is what you want to most importantly read up on, as this helps the business deal with the transition period of you leaving and the new starter taking your position. Be ready to possibly provide a handover training to your replacement.

The perfect reference

Before you leave the business, be sure to always ask your employer in person if they would be comfortable providing a reference if requested. This shows that you appreciate their input and their recommendations.

Don’t take your foot off the pedal  

Although It may be easy to slack in your day-to-day duties once you have handed in your resignation, it is important to remain productive. Keeping up your strong work ethic and creating a full handover process will demonstrate your professionalism and dedication. You don’t want to leave others in the deep end when you leave as this may affect your reputation. 

Top tip: If you are asked why you are leaving, the best way to answer is to say that “you are looking for a better opportunity.”

Remember, resigning is an inevitable event within full-time employment and everyone will experience it in some stage of their career. It is therefore key to know how to deal with handing in your resignation in the best way possible.

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