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Why You Should Resign Amicably From Your Job (No Matter Why You’re Leaving)

It’s a universal truth that no one likes to be broken up with. Breakups can be difficult, messy, and awkward. In the world of business, resigning from a job, especially one you have been doing for a long time, can in many ways resemble a breakup.

So, just like a breakup, a resignation should be handled respectfully, with tact, and above all, you should do what you can to minimize the damage. It’s always best to leave on amicable terms, no matter why you’re resigning, and here are a few reasons why.

Your soon-to-be ex-boss will join your list of references

In the heat of the moment, perhaps after a fiery dispute or even a slight difference of opinions, it can be easy to lose sight of this fact. However, it is worth taking into account that even after you resign from this position, your current boss can still to a certain degree hold power over you, especially when it comes to your future job hunting endeavors.

You never know if your next hiring manager will decide to contact your previous employer, and what he or she says has the potential to dictate whether or not you will continue to be considered for the job. It’s best to play it safe to ensure positive references when the time comes.

It is an opportunity to reinforce your professional image

From the moment you first walk in through the doors of the company you work for, to the last time  you walk out, you are creating a brand for yourself. There are moments which will quite obviously contribute to this developing image, such as your interview, first week on the job, or the way in which you manage controversy. However, there are other factors that are less self-evident, such as what you wear and how you address your employer, not only when you’re on the clock, but also when you’re turning in your nametag or packing up your desk.

A smooth breakup with your boss will lead to a smooth transition to your new job

One helpful tip to make sure the process runs smoothly is submitting a formal letter of resignation. This will not only reinforce your professional image, it will also ensure there is no confusion regarding the terms of your resignation. In some cases, you may already have a new job lined up, and if you are scheduled to start relatively soon, you should notify your current employer to avoid scheduling conflicts. It is best to handle the situation professionally, and having formal documentation of the process is one way of promoting a smooth transition to your next trajectory.

It speaks to the content of your character

Abruptly quitting a job can be considered a reflection of one’s character, and it more than likely is not considered a good one. On the other hand, if you choose to be considerate of your hiring manager’s responsibility to find a new employee to replace you, you will be regarded as courteous and remembered as a cooperative and accommodating employee. One major facet to an amicable resignation is how long in advance you notify your employer, with two to three weeks notice being considered the standard.

It’s an opportunity to practice effective communication

Even if you will no longer be working at a particular establishment, you should still take full advantage of every single learning opportunity you are presented with, including the lessons that relate to the resignation process. This is one more opportunity to practice some of the skills you are developing, and the most important thing you can obtain from any given job is knowledge and experience.

Whether you are leaving your current place of employment for logistical or personal reasons, the best way to go about resigning is with civility. Not only will this serve as a testament to your competency, it can also benefit you, and your new and previous employers.

By Barbachano Staff

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By Fernando Ortiz-Barbachano

By Fernando Ortiz-Barbachano

President and CEO of Barbachano International (BIP),

The Human Capital Solutions leader in Mexico, Latin America, and the USA, offering high-impact executive search, executive coaching, and outplacement.

About Barbachano International

Barbachano International (BIP) is the premier executive search and leadership advisory firm in the Americas (USA, Mexico, Latin America, & Canada) with a focus on diversity and multicultural target markets.  Outplacement and Executive Coaching services are provided by our sister allied company Challenger Gray & Christmas. Since 1992, BIP and its affiliates have impacted the profitability of over 50% of Fortune 500 Companies.  BIP has been recognized by Forbes as Americas’ Best Executive Search Firms and currently ranks #27 and #3 on the West Coast.  Headquartered in San Diego, California with satellite offices in Florida and Mexico.  As member-owners of NPAworldwide Recruitment Network, we are supported by partner offices in over 50 countries.


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