So, you’ve now got your letter written and you’re ready to hand it in. Handing in your letter of resignation will be different for everyone and whether you do it face-to-face or via email depends on your circumstances and relationship with your current manager.

You might want to ask for a meeting to discuss handing in your notice. This is the best way to do it if you want to maintain a good relationship with the company you’re leaving. However, this might not be an option if you work somewhere with a fully booked calendar.

You know the best way to hand your notice in to your workplace. Just think about how to do this while maintaining a good relationship.

Prepare for any outcome

Sometimes, an employee handing in their notice is met with a negative response. This is usually because of the work involved in recruiting, onboarding and training a new person. Try not to take this personally.

Sometimes, they’ll provide a counteroffer. This is something you should have already thought about prior to handing in your notice. If you know that they could change your mind with a good offer, hear them out and see what they have to say.

However, you may have already decided that you’re leaving and nothing will sway that decision. If this is the case, make that clear. The last think you want to do is waste anyone’s time.

If an employer asks you to leave with immediate effect (which doesn’t happen often), you can ask why but don’t escalate. If this does happen, you should be aware that the company will still have to pay you for your contractual notice period as normal.

Remember why you’ve made the decision to have

Don’t loose your nerve before handing in your notice. Remember why you’ve made the decision to leave and that you are allowed to move on from a work place if you feel that it’s the best decision for you. Stay strong and don’t be pressured into withdrawing your resignation.

Exit Interviews

Sometimes, an employer will book you into an exit interview so that they can ask you about your experience working at the company. This gives you the opportunity to address any issues you had while in the role and/or working for the company.

Remember to keep your grievances professional and if you would prefer to not have an exit interview, you can request to not have one.

One on the other hand, if you wish to have an exit interview and you aren’t offered one, you can request one. Just think about whether what you want to say is constructive or general moaning.