HOW TO WRITE YOUR RESIGNATION

Resigning from a job is never easy. Aside from leaving favourite colleagues and the familiarity of a current role, writing a tactful resignation letter can prove a real challenge.

Failing to plan your letter of resignation properly may well burn bridges with the company you’ve worked so hard for and taint your list of connections within that company—a record which may well help you grow your career in the future.

Here’s a guide to what to say when resigning, details on whether a resignation letter is required by law and who to address a resignation letter to.

Is a resignation letter required by law?

Letters of resignation are one of the first stages of career transformation and growth. They are not required by law in the UK, but before you opt to skip writing one, the government does recommend checking your employment contract to ensure you aren’t in breach of any agreements made when you started your job.

If you aren’t sure, try checking your induction handbook or any literature you were provided with on your first day. Your contract also might include details as to what’s expected of you when terminating your employment, so read through it again before you take any action. When in doubt, it’s always a good idea to make your resignation formal with a letter.

How to write a resignation letter

Before you sit down to write anything, you should think through your decision to leave your current role. Once you’re confident that seeking a new opportunity is the right move for you, the next step is to download the Robert Half Salary Guide so you can benchmark your remuneration package options and growth opportunities against the UK hiring market.

Related: Before you quit, ask yourself these questions…

Taking these initial steps will put you on firm ground to negotiate any counter offers from current employers and give you added confidence in your decision. It’s also a good idea to have another job lined up before you resign so that you can transition seamlessly into a new role without any delays.

Although you can easily pull together a generic letter, it’s far more useful to create a tailored one. Try following this template resignation letter structure to ensure you include all the essential components:

  • Address it to your line manager
  • Begin with a statement of intent, for example: “It is with regret that I officially tender my resignation for the position of [your job title] at [company name].”
  • Include the date the letter was written (preferably in the top right-hand corner of the page)
  • State your contracted notice period and the date of your last day
  • Tactfully give the reason for your departure: new job, personal reasons, relocating, etc.
  • Include a graceful thank you to the company for the opportunity they gave you
  • Write your signature at the bottom

Free sample resignation letter

(Insert Current date)

(Insert Manager’s name)

(Insert Company Name)

(Insert Company Address)

Dear (Insert Manager’s name)

Please accept this letter as formal notification of my resignation from (the position) at(company name). My last day with the company will be (date).

Before I leave, I will ensure that all my projects are completed as far as possible, and I am happy to assist in any way to ensure a smooth handover to my replacement.

I would like to thank you for the opportunity to work at (company) for (years of service). During this time I have thoroughly enjoyed the atmosphere within the team, and I will miss our interactions.

While I am excited by the new opportunities that I will be pursuing in my new role, I will always remember my time at (company name) with affection. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need further information after I leave, and I would be delighted if you stay in touch.

Kind regards,

(Your signature)

(Your printed name)

Using these essential components, you should be able to start writing a resignation letter which feels far less cold, shows genuine regret for leaving and displays appreciation.

DRESS FOR AN INTERVIEW

What do I wear to the interview? It’s a question millions of people agonize over on some level while looking for a job.

The bad news is that there are few cut-and-dried answers. As the saying goes, there’s no accounting for taste, and each interviewer has his unique sense of what’s appropriate interview attire. The good news? Deciding what to wear isn’t as difficult as you might think.

Dress One or Two Levels Up

“The rule of thumb is that you dress one or two levels higher than the job that you’re going for,” explains Kate Wendleton, president and founder of the Five O’Clock Club, a national career counseling and outplacement firm. “If you were going for a job as a mechanic, you wouldn’t go in there in dirty overalls, even though that’s how you would dress for that kind of work. You would still go in there and show respect. You would go in with an open-collar shirt, clean pants and maybe a jacket.”

As Wendleton puts it, by dressing a notch or two above what’s standard apparel for the position you’re interviewing for, “you’re definitely showing that you care about this job, and that you know the game.”

Caution Is The Better Part of Valor

When it’s time to get dressed for the interview, remember: It’s not so much that you’re trying to get the job with what you wear; rather, it’s more a matter of not taking yourself out of contention with your presentation, Wendleton says. “Interviewers can decide in 10 seconds that they don’t want you,” she adds. “It will take them longer to decide they do want you.” Chances are good that by dressing on the conservative side, you won’t unintentionally disqualify yourself. But trying to demonstrate how hip you are with your exposed lower back tattoos or laid-back Juicy Couture outfit could backfire.

This Isn’t 1999

Once upon a time during the dotcom heyday, “people would come in with nose rings and sandals, and because there really was a severe labor shortage, they’d get hired,” Wendleton recounts.

She says that young, freshly minted grads often make the mistake these days of going too casual, perhaps confusing what once was with what now is. “These days, people are not desperate for you,” she says. “Recent grads tend to dress like they’re students at interviews. Nobody forgives that. Not in this market.”

Use Your Judgment

Is a suit always a must in an interview? Absolutely not. Michael Smith, who recently searched for a job in the Chicago area, went on an interview in the midst of a bitter cold snap in that region. “So instead of wearing a suit, I wore black slacks and a sweater,” Smith says. “The sweater was large and cable-knit but very nice and high quality. The interviewer actually said to me that it was nice to see something other than a suit walk through his door. And a week later, I got the job.”

So be sure to learn about an industry’s fashion culture; some are obviously more casual than others. It’s also usually fine to inquire about the dress code while setting up the interview. An Armani coat and tie or your nice Ann Taylor outfit may not be required if you discover the dress code is casual.

“But it’s never fine to go in with a collarless shirt,” Wendleton warns. And for men, she suggests putting on a jacket, even when not wearing a tie.

You Might Not Want to Be Too True to Yourself

There are those who say it’s pointless to dress for an interview in a way that you wouldn’t once you’re on the job. Why misrepresent yourself to a future employer or try to be someone you’re not?

“If you want to have eight earrings and have your tongue pierced, that’s fine,” Wendleton says. “But you’re showing you don’t know how to play the game. If it’s so important to you, go ahead and dress like you normally do, but realize that you may not get the job.”

HOW TO LAND A HIGH PAYING JOB

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Follow these simple tips to earn money—lots of it—by strategically pursuing the highest paying jobs.

Want a bigger paycheck? Of course you do. There’s nothing wrong with wanting to get a job where you can make money—lots of it. In fact, 63% of workers said compensation was “very important” to their overall job satisfaction, a recent Society for Human Resource Management surveyfound.

Unfortunately, the average raise is only 3%, according to WorldatWork’s 2017 Salary Budget Survey. So how can you make money fast instead of waiting for your salary to grow over time? By revving up your job search to focus on jobs that pay well. Yeah, that sounds obvious, but there’s actually a science behind it.

Wharton management professor Matthew Bidwell found that external hires get paid, on average, 18% to 20% more than internal workers who get promoted to the same position. Translation: To see a big pay increase, switch companies.

But how exactly do you find the highest paying jobs in today’s competitive workplace? The answer is pretty straightforward.

Establish yourself as an expert in your field

To make yourself more attractive to prospective employers, you should focus on not only building your brand but also marketing yourself as an expert in your industry, says Thea Kelley, a job search and interview coach in San Francisco. Kelley says there are a number of ways you can do this:

Look for opportunities to speak at industry conferences.

Find podcasts that will welcome you as an online guest.

Write about your field on either a blog or self published ebook.

Post regularly on social media.

Create informative videos and a YouTube channel.

Pick up part time work as a consultant.

Taking these steps (or a combination thereof) can also help you gain exposure to recruiters and headhunters.

Cross-train to expand your skill set

One of the best ways to strengthen your resume is to demonstrate you’ve pushed yourself to learn skills to boost your areas of expertise. But in order to achieve that, you’ll need to create cross-training opportunities for yourself, says Teri DePuy, a Colorado-based career coach at ICC Innovate Coach Consult. “You don’t just want to go to your boss and say, ‘I want to learn more about our marketing department,’” DePuy says.

A better tactic, says DePuy, is to ask for your boss’ permission to work on a specific project or task—and offer something in return. For instance, “Bob in IT is willing to let me shadow him for a day. Can I do that and then share with our team what I learned?”

Develop your leadership skills

No matter how much the job market shifts, one skill that’s always in demand is leadership. You have an advantage if you’re already in a management position, since you’re developing your leadership ability just by overseeing direct reports. But if you’re not a supervisor yet, there are other ways to develop leadership skills.

You can offer to mentor an entry-level employee, lead a training seminar, or develop a volunteer program to improve the company’s image. Craig Toedtman, an executive coach in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, says you can also sharpen your leadership skills outside your job by taking an executive position at a professional association or nonprofit.

Research companies’ financial health

Before you begin applying to jobs, create a list of prospective employers that are hiring that you’d like to work for and do an analysis of each company’s financial health and stability. The better off they are financially, the more likely they are to pay employees well.

You can research this a few ways. If it’s a public company, look at its recent quarterly earnings reports to see profit margins and net sales. (Those are good indicators of financial growth.)

If it’s a private business, you may have to do a little more digging by looking at company reviews on kununu to see if the company is known for good compensation and career development.

Take smart risks

To make a big salary leap, you’ll likely have to push yourself outside your comfort zone and apply to high-paying jobs that might seem like a stretch.

“Disregard the barriers to entry,” Toedtman advises. “If you see a job you want, and you feel you can do it well, don’t hesitate to apply,” he says.

Remember to focus on what you bring to the table and how you can add value to the company’s bottom line. Give them examples that demonstrate you’re a problem solver who can take on challenges and turn them into accomplishments.

Get noticed

When you’re ready to switch companies in search of a pay bump, you want to seek out as much exposure as you can. The more hiring managers you can get your credentials in front of, the better your chances of finding one that hits the mark. Could you use some help with that? As a member, you can upload up to five versions of your resume—each tailored to the types of jobs that interest you. Recruiters search job sites every day looking to fill top jobs with qualified candidates, just like you. Additionally, you can get job alerts sent to you when positions become available, so you can be among the first to apply. You know what you want in a job offer; let the experts help you go after it.