5 top tips for resignation day


5 top tips for resignation day

When it is time to move on from a role, it’s important to make sure the process is done properly. There are numerous reasons for leaving one employment to start a fresh job – from property moves and looking for better opportunities to fancying a change of scenery – but when approached in the right way, it can really benefit your career.

Here we look at some of the key things to do before you resign, all of which should help to give you the best chance of finding the right role and succeeding within it.

1. Look at the current jobs market

If you’re keen to change roles, it’s important to do some research before you actually resign. Look at the current jobs market and see if there is anything which matches your skill set or which takes your eye. Give plenty of thought to the decision based on whether there are new opportunities out there, and be sure that leaving your current job is really what you wish to do.

You might be able to have something lined up in preparation too – especially if you’re able to interview elsewhere prior to handing in your resignation. This can help to make the process of switching roles smoother and can reduce the time you’re not working/earning.

2. Sign up with a recruitment agency

If you’re not sure on the recruitment process or want some help finding the right role, see how a recruitment agency can support you. They can help you to find a role which matches your skills as they’ll know where fresh openings are and may even have some knowledge of upcoming roles that are not yet publicly advertised. This could open more doors in your search for that dream role and can help to make the process easier to manage, as you can be guided every step of the way.

3. How to write a resignation letter

When resigning, it should be done as gracefully as possible, as it means you’re not burning any bridges or damaging the potential of returning to that employer in future. You’d be amazed at how many people end up back in a role when their new job isn’t quite as expected – and that’s only possible if you leave on good terms.

Look to keep the letter formal, and note that it doesn’t need to be overly long. It should address your relevant boss or line manager, thank them for the opportunity while remaining professional and polite, and then offer to be as supportive as possible during the handover process. Note that you may get a counter-offer, in which case you should carefully consider what is best for you before making a decision.

4. How to maximise your CV and experience

To really stand out in a competitive jobs market, you’ll want to ensure that your CV does you and your skillset justice. Keep things clear and concise throughout, and think carefully about the sorts of experiences and examples you include. Look to tailor your CV to each individual role you apply for and attempt to link in parts of the job description throughout. You should use the personal statement and experience sections of your CV to really shine a light on why you’re right for a role, putting an emphasis on the parts you are particularly strong at. The more that your CV can be seen to match the job description, the greater the chance of landing an interview.

5. How to prepare for interviews for new roles

There’s no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to preparing for an interview, but you’ll want to give some thought to the types of thing you might be asked. Try to think up some examples of situations where you have used leadership skills, shown an ability to problem solve, or been flexible, as you can then use them when the opportunity/ right question arises. If a job description mentions specific skill requirements or knowledge, have examples ready which demonstrate those elements too. If you’re feeling particularly nervous, you may wish to practice saying your answers in front of the mirror, or with help from a friend or family member – this can help to identify where your answers could be improved or simplified.

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