Before You Go… Have You Got Everything?
(AKA Things You Should do Before You Resign from A Company)
Are you contemplating on resigning from your current job? Leaving your job requires thorough assessment and there are things to carefully consider before finally deciding whether to resign or not. If you have finally made the decision to submit your resignation letter to the boss, several things have be done before you say goodbye to your company and take the final steps out of the office. If you’re interested to know what you should do before you resign from a company, read on.
1. Check your personal savings. This is the first, most practical consideration you have to focus on. You have to be realistic. Relocating to a new company entails expenses, such as possible transfer to a new house or apartment, higher cost of food, new sets of clothes for office attire, and many more. Be sure you have a buffer that can support you and your family’s basic needs while waiting for your first month salary in the new company.
2. Finish everything. Make sure that you have cleared your desk of all the workload that you have pending. Do not leave anything undone. Whatever your reasons are for resigning, do not leave any task hanging. This will give you a professional image. Be fair and think of the people who might be burdened if you leave any unfinished tasks.
3. Seal all negotiations and clear up all financial responsibilities. Before leaving, you should be able to close deals with the employer regarding separation pay or resignation benefits. Likewise, if you owe the company any dues in unpaid salary or cash advances, settle everything at least one month before your resignation takes effect. The same goes true with amounts you owe your co-workers. If there are any pending cases, be sure that you have resolved them prior to your resignation. You do not want any concern that may impede your clearance from being released or the company may hold your severance pay – if any – upon leaving.
4. Inform your important clients or suppliers and your co-workers regarding your resignation. Make a list of contact details of the people in the office you still want to communicate with every now and then. You may need the support of your previous clients and suppliers in your new company; and of course, there are a lot of colleagues that you want to stay in touch with. Your resignation does not mean that you are closing all communication lines with the people whom you have established connection with.
5. Make certain that you have a definite job waiting or at least prospective employers. It is wise to have something to hang on to before formally giving advice to your company about your planned resignation. If you’re thinking of finding a new job, you should have a ready list of possible employers. Needless to say, you have to ensure that you are armed with new and updated resume. This is an absolute necessity!
Resignation is really a tough decision to make. Moreover, the process can be very tedious. That is why you should think hard and weigh the pros and cons before making the big decision. You are going to face many challenges; thus, you should be prepared for any possibility.