Handing in a resignation letter from your job can be a tough endeavor for everyone. In fact, it is a nightmare. For one, you must gather the courage to talk it out with your boss without giving them the wrong impression. You need to explain it to them that there’s nothing wrong with the company, even if it’s not necessarily true. You also have to make it clear that you have a good reason to quit. Whatever your reason may be, you need to create a graceful exit on the company in good terms and camaraderie not only with your bosses but with your workmates too.
Apart from that, resigning can be quite scary. It’s because we’re about to face the uncertainty again. We’ll be losing a job, our financial income. And when we do, how do we sustain our life? How will you pay your bills? These are the things you need to consider before resignation.
How do we hand in a resignation letter without worrying about the course that life will take after that? Here are our top 5 “MUST DOs” before handing in your resignation letter.
Get Your Support Network in Place
It’s important to talk to your network before making the final decision of submitting your resignation letter. This network includes your parents, your family, close circle of friends, and maybe some colleagues that you can trust with your secret. Of importance, they must be attentive enough to listen to you without passing any judgment.
You need this kind of support network to have a definitive guide on which path to take. They may give you some advice, pro’s and cons to help you decide whether it’s the right thing to do or not. But in the end, the final say is with you. Nonetheless, having their backs on you would make you feel confident about making this big decision in your life and your professional career.
Organize your finances
Now that you’ll be severing your ties to your potential source of income, it’s time for you to organize your finances. List down all your expenses, the bills you need to pay, and your savings. This will help you assess for how long your savings can sustain you while you don’t have a job. Also, you need to allocate some budget for emergency cases.
Start Looking For Another Job
Of course, it’s still better if you can have a continuous flow of income even if you have quit your job already. One way of doing that is by finding another job before leaving. A month before you hand in your resignation letter, you need to start looking for another job. It’s pretty easy for you to apply for new jobs because some employers understand that it will take few weeks of notice before your effectivity date. Having to land another job right after your resignation won’t disrupt your financial stability and obligations.
Create a countdown calendar
Now that you already set an effectivity date for your resignation, it’s important to start mapping out your schedule. Schedule the crucial tasks that need to be done as soon as possible, and prioritize them first. Also, take into consideration the time you’ll spend training the new employee who will take over your projects and tasks for a smooth transition process.
“It’s so nice to know where you’re going, in the early stages. It almost rids you of the wish to go there.”
― Samuel Beckett
Ask for a performance review and COE
It’s also important to ask your soon-to-be former employer to give you a performance review and certificate of employment. These credentials will help you build your portfolio and credibility as you apply for a new job. These credentials will also help you to be on the safe side of your new employer and create better chances of being hired on the spot.