The 4 Best Ways to Tell Your Boss You Are Resigning

It’s a big moment: You’ve accepted a new job, one you’re really excited about, but you have to give your notice to your current boss. 

Regardless of whether your boss is one of your favorite people or someone you can’t wait to leave behind, it’s important to deliver this message with respect and professionalism. There are good and bad ways to announce your departure: You might want to shout from the rooftops, but it’s probably better to be a little more low-key. 

Here are some possible routes to take when giving your resignation: 

  • Have an in-person conversation if possible.

    If you’re remote, make it a one-on-one video call. Schedule this meeting in advance, so you have time to prepare. Your boss might instantly be suspicious, so be prepared for that, but if you meet regularly with your manager, it might not raise any eyebrows. You don’t have to divulge the purpose right away. Keep in mind the custom of giving two weeks’ notice and do all you can to make sure you’ll be delivering your news in accordance with that timeframe. 

  • Practice what you want to say and be positive but direct.

    You know what you need to do. Be simple and direct: You’re providing your notice because you’re changing positions, or maybe you’re going to school to change careers altogether. This is an exciting time for you, but admit that you understand this will make things difficult for the company. Be honest: This was an opportunity you can’t pass up, and you’re grateful for the time you’ve had at this company, but it’s time to move on. If you have a good relationship with your manager, be thankful for the time you spent working with them and your team. If things weren’t so great, you don’t have to air your dirty laundry. Don’t turn this into a grievance session. Leave with dignity. If there’s an exit interview and you have any issues that are worth bringing to HR’s attention, that’s the time to do it. 

  • Put it in writing.

    After you’ve given your verbal notice, or maybe at the same time, provide a written resignation with your last day and a short explanation of why you’re leaving. It can be as simple as “I will be resigning my position effective (date) as I am pursuing employment at another company.” You don’t need to provide all the details, but putting it in writing can also start the process of knowing what paperwork, if any, you need to complete before leaving. 

  • Offer to help with the transition.

    Leaving a job does mean your team will be shorthanded for at least a while. To help them make things work in the meantime until someone else is hired, offer to be as helpful as possible. Your manager might want a list of your daily tasks and responsibilities to make sure those jobs are covered. If you work with any outside clients or customers, make sure there’s an up-to-date contact list available. If you know anyone who might be applying for your position, provide a recommendation to your manager and explain why this person should be considered. 

Giving notice doesn’t have to mean burning a bridge. You can shake hands and part ways civilly, even kindly, before starting your great new job! 

If, however, you’ve decided to leave your job without a new one lined up, it might be time to consider talking to a recruiter! Debbie’s Staffing can help put you in touch with some employers looking for people with your skills, or you can weigh the possibility of taking on temporary work while you figure things out. Whatever your future holds, Debbie’s Staffing can help! Call us today to get started.