Manage your Resignation in 6 Simple Steps

Feeling disengaged from your job and can’t wait to leave? You’re not alone, but this is how you should do it.


According to surveys by HR firms, more than 50% of employees globally feel undervalued by their employees and more than a third of them report that they frequently consider quitting their jobs.

If you decide to move into a new work environment, or even into your own startup, here are some things you should consider before taking the jump.

1. Network your way into your next opportunity

Whether you’re intending to find a new job in the same industry or to start your own business, networking skills will definitely open the door to new opportunities.

Working with a recruiter or using referrals from friends are effective ways to expose yourself to market trends and to give you the confidence you need before you make that change.

2. Get your numbers right.

If you haven’t found your next job yet, do the math to check if you have enough to last before you jump ship. Unless you already have comfortable finances to tide you through your job search, you may have to save up before you move.

3. Start searching.

Employers prefer hiring people who have not been out of their jobs for too long, and being currently employed gives you a better edge in negotiating your expected salary. Instead of feeling unsatisfied, get excited by starting your search for that next step in your career.

4. Stay positive.

While you may feel like just dropping everything and walking out the door, remember that it’s a small world after all and you’ll never know you you’ll meet again.

Be sure to give sufficient notice, and be prepared to stay to properly handover your projects to colleagues. Keep up a good attitude and work ethic, so that after you leave, people will only have positive things to say about you.

5. Avoid burning bridges.

While you may feel tempted to be dramatic about your departure, or make a crazy goodbye video that goes viral on YouTube, a more viable option is to maintain a good relationship with your former boss and colleagues.

A job is not forever, and employers will understand if you explain to them how you find the job unsuitable or that you were offered a more exciting opportunity.

It is usually wise not to be brutally honest about why you are leaving, or to badmouth your ex-boss or ex-colleagues, and this goes the same for your interviews with prospective employers.

6. Take a step back, reflect.

If things didn’t end on a positive note in your previous job, take some time to reflect on what went wrong.

Is it purely the colleagues or the bosses, or is there something about you that made working there intolerable? How will you solve these issues?

Taking a step back and identifying what went wrong is a great way for you to pre-empt and fix issues at work that are bound to happen when you interact with people.

It also allows you to be clear of your career preferences, so that you make smart decisions and work your way into becoming part of the 13% of employees worldwide who feel engaged and motivated by their jobs!