Posted by: deltadallas | August 5, 2010

Resignation Inclination: Leaving Without Losing

If you are resigning from your present position, the best thing you can do is resign with friendly, professional dignity. It is important to remember that no matter what happened during your tenure, or what happens during the resignation process, it is up to you to remain composed.

Write the letter.
Your resignation letter should be brief and to the point. Don’t give lengthy reasons for your departure. If you are leaving because of something benign – a move, a better opportunity, shorter commute, etc. – then you can say so. Otherwise move on to the thank you phase of the letter. Thank your employer for the opportunity to have served their organization and wish them continued success. Enough said.

Prepare for your exit.
Get as much as you can accomplished on all projects. Leave detailed notes as to where all projects. Remove all personal items from your desk and your computer. If you are escorted out after your resignation conversation, then someone will be able to continue the work that you have started, and you will have your belongings.

Set a meeting.
Set a meeting with your supervisor to let them know that you are resigning. Do not give them lengthy reasons for your exit. Be discrete, and give them only the reasons for leaving that won’t break your relationship. Stay positive. Never EVER spill your guts or gripe out someone on your way out the door. You never know who you will run into again later in your career. Burning a bridge might release your pent up frustrations from the job momentarily, but in the long run – antagonistic departure is never profitable.

Establish a timeframe. Offer to help.
Give sufficient notice. What does your employee manual say? Does it say that they will walk you out the day that you resign? Does your company require 3 weeks’ notice?  You can offer to be of help as they hire and train a new person for your position. Whatever you do, be sure you give sufficient notice. Again, you don’t want to burn any bridges.

Stay in touch with your contacts.
People are less likely to resent your exit if you make an effort to stay in touch with them after you leave. If you make an effort to stay in touch, they will feel relationship with you, and they should.  Think about it. When you work with someone, you spend over 2,000 hours a year with them. Isn’t that more time than you spend awake with your own family? Work ties are to be made and kept. You never know when you will run into your co-workers again or need their help on a job search.

Resignations can be uncomfortable, but there is no need for them to be undignified. Do everything you can to stay on the high road during your resignation and you will be able to retain the contacts you have in your former company as you begin to make new ones.

Tabitha Woods is Marketing Coordinator for Delta Dallas. If you are interested in Dallas employment or jobs in Dallas, you can call Delta Dallas at 972-788-2300 or email your resume to



  1. I think that if there are positions that you can’t argue… then the responsibility is probably to resign. If one’s own conscience is opposed to the requirements and responsibilities of the job, then it’s time to leave the job. The most important thing is, stay in touch with your contacts. You wouldn’t know what in future awaits you.

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