After You Accept a New Job
Picture this, you have just signed the offer letter at a new company doing your dream job, and you are wondering why you are not elated. What is holding you back? Oh yeah, you have to quit your current job. This is the point in the job process that can really cause people anxiety.
Here’s the truth: the anticipation is much worse than the reality.
One of the top reasons that people are anxious about quitting to their boss is because they feel like they are letting them down. The truth? I am sorry to say, but the second you walk out the door they will be on the phone with their recruiter hiring another person to take your place. While your boss may have enjoyed working with you, you will be replaced and life at your previous company will go on. Remember that your boss did not get to where they were by taking it personally when someone quits — this is part of managing people.
Another cause of concern is the counter-offer. The counter-offer is enough for a separate blog post, but it is worth mentioning. When you go to give your notice, make it clear that this is not a negotiation. Stay away from phrases like “I think,” and “I hope,” and “I am sorry, but…” Have the courage of your convictions; say “I appreciate the opportunity you gave me to work here. I have accepted a new position.” There should be no room for discussion. Be clear and concise! If your boss comes back with a question like, “what would you need to stay here?” make sure you stay firm in your position that this is non-negotiable. Remember why you started looking for a new role in the first place. If a company does not see your worth until you are heading out the door, than it is a case of too little, too late. If you stay at the company, the same issues that arose before will happen again and your boss will always be wondering if you are looking. Accepting a counter offer is the equivalent of putting a band-aid on the problem.
Lastly, be prepared with a brief resignation letter. I mean brief. This is not the time to write flowery prose about your experience at the company nor is it a forum for your reasons for leaving. The letter should be concise in the example that follows:
Please accept their letter as my formal resignation from my position as [list position] at [company] effective [date].
I appreciate the opportunity I had here, and your professional guidance.
Please let me know what to expect as far as my final work schedule and how to be helpful during this transition.
Hopefully these simple steps ease your nerves when it comes to resigning from your current position. Remember, you are moving on from your position for a reason, and you are giving your notice as a formality. Be as professional and effective as possible. Once you have tackled quitting you can enjoy transition into your new role!