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  Change should be seen as one of the characteristics of living things since change itself is part of life. Both in life and the corporate world, change is always constant.
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This justifies why you may want to change your current job for another at a time in your corporate life. This desire to quit could be that there is a greater opportunity out there for you, maybe a new and promising job, relocating to a new city, going for further studies, becoming self-employed or even switching career entirely. Whichever way, resigning from a job can be tasking. This is partly because there are more commentators on how to land a job than there are on how to resign the right way. Quitting professionally places you on an avalanche of advantages as you will soon discover in this article. If you leverage the few steps below, you will be able to lay off from your current job skillfully and professionally. The goal of this article is to help you quit gracefully, retain your reputation with your former boss and colleagues and get references or recommendations from them in the future.

1. Reevaluate Your Decision To Quit Your Current Job

Revisiting your decision to leave your current job goes a long way in ensuring you are not setting yourself up for a great career crash in the corporate world. Here, you sit down and blow off all sentiments and emotions, take a second look at your current job and evaluate the new job you are headed for. This is also the period to consider the terms and conditions of job transition and termination in your current company and make a mental preparation for it. If the reasons for desiring a quit is not too personal, you may want to discuss them with your supervisor, unless you have made up your mind ab initio.

2. Abide By The Resignation Process Of Your Company

Playing by the rules of resignation as outlined by your company helps your resignation process run smoothly, helps to maintain the existing relationship between you, your Boss and colleagues. Maintaining these relationships can be valuable in the long run if you are looking for recommendations, references or connections to other companies. You do this by checking your contract manual and the expected notice period, which may be two weeks, one month or more. Apart from pitching your level of professionalism as courtesy demands, your job termination benefits also depend on your honouring these rules.
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3. Write A Resignation Letter

Write a brief letter informing your company or the supervisor of your intention to leave your current job. Make it readable and clear. Include the date your resignation is effective. Give reasons for wanting to quit your job, appreciate your supervisor and the entire company staff. Make it civil and professional. This letter could come in form of a soft copy or hard copy. Follow your letter up with a face-to-face meeting with your supervisor or your HR manager as the situation may demand.

4. Be Grateful And Keep A Positive Note

Show gratitude to your former company, especially during an interview with a potential company. Never talk down on your former company after your resignation, either to your new colleagues, old ones, online or any other place. Keep the secrets of the company secret.

5. Maintain The State Of Affairs Until The Last Minute

While still in the process of resignation, maintain the company’s status quo till the very end. Remove your documents and properties from the company, the company’s system and elsewhere. Do not go with any of the company’s documents or property, no matter how minute and insignificant it might be. You do not need any negative report, so leave on a high profile and dignity. The few steps above will guide you in your journey of resigning professionally from your current job. Featured Image Source: Career Builder
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This article was first published on 13th January 2022


Chidiogo Shalom Akaelu holds a degree in English and Literary Studies, from the University of Nigeria. She is a freelance writer, editor and founder of Loana Press, a budding online publishing outlet.

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