Great news! You got a new job — one that offers you more of a challenge, exposure to new technologies and a better work/life balance than your existing position. But the last thing you want to do is tell your existing employer/manager those details.
Why? Simply put, you don’t want to burn your bridges. The marketing and interactive world is a small one, where everyone seems to know each other (there’s a reason why we call Baltimore “Smalltimore”). It’s important that when it’s time to resign from your current position you do so with grace, style and in a way that won’t leave a negative impression.
It’s a good idea to NOT tell your coworkers that you’re resigning. The last thing you want in an already nerve-racking situation is for your boss to hear “through the grapevine” that you’re about to quit. So if at all possible, keep things on the DL around the office water cooler until you’ve met with your immediate supervisor.
Prior to meeting with your supervisor you will need to write a resignation letter. Keep in mind that you don’t have to give away too much information. Remember these letters when writing it: K.I.S.S. Keep it short and sweet!
3 Must Haves:
- A statement that you are leaving the company
- The date of your last day of employment
- A brief statement of thanks to your supervisor and the company
It’s never a good idea to give away too much. This is not the time, nor the place, to complain, critique or nitpick. It’s also NOT a good idea to talk about how amazing the new job is. Instead, emphasize that you’ve enjoyed your time and experience with the company, and that it’s time to move on.
You’re probably tempted to share all their flaws and why you’re really leaving, but there’s really no point. You’ve decided to move on, so what’s the point in re-opening old wounds or starting drama for those who are staying?
Stay positive! You want to leave this job with grace and professionalism. And in doing so you could gain business and professional contacts for the future. Remember, your colleagues could work for you one day, or vice versa.
Author Name – Meryl Ratzman
Title – Account Manager
Location – Baltimore, MD
Twitter – @merylratzman
Byline – Meryl has been recruiting for a year with Profiles and has 8+ years in the marketing and creative space. When she’s not recruiting and networking with interactive peeps, she’s eating gummy candy, listening to new indie rock bands or watching bad reality TV.