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Are you preparing to resign from your current job? I recently spoke with Dr. Randall Hanson founder of Quintessential Careers one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web for advice on the best way to resign from a job. According to Hanson a resignation letter documents your last day of work but it also eliminates the potential for any mis-communication that can occur when an employee resigns verbally. The resignation letter gives you the opportunity to highlight some of your key achievements and it can cement relationships (and even a reference) with the boss. As Hanson notes "you never want to end things on bad terms as word can easily get around." In order to ensure a graceful and professional resignation Hansen recommends the following: Do know how to resign from your job gracefully and professionally.
If this latter case applies in your situation you will have to be prepared to deal with any one of a number of possible reactions from the organization and your colleagues ranging from total acceptance to anger bargaining and resentment. Positive Beats Negative The way in which you resign from an organization can have significant implications both career-wise and personally. Regardless of the circumstances and/or atmosphere surrounding your departure you will be well-advised to take whatever measures you can to neutralize any negative factors that may be in play. The approach and wording used in the resignation letter can go a long way towards achieving this aim. Always A Balancing Act Writing a letter of resignation can be a bit of a balancing act.
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When you are applying for a new job the new employer will inevitably ask for references sometimes from previous employers. It is best to be balanced and professional in the wordings of the letter even if the circumstances surrounding the resignation are not exactly so. Different Letters for Different Purposes It is a fallacy that you can resign only from a job. You can step down from a lot of other things like the chairmanship of a committee or a board while still retaining the employment. Obviously the wordings and substance of a resignation letter in such a situation will be much different. The circumstances and reactions of the people surrounding you are also going to be different. Yet the basic guidelines for writing the resignation letter will remain the same namely; be positive be professional and strike a balance.