Career Toolkit


Handing in Your Notice Congratulations you have been offered your dream job and now all you have to do is go through the daunting process of handing in your notice. It should however be straight forward and as long as you are honest with your company, it should be amicable, with you leaving on positive terms.

The first stage is to write your resignation letter, keeping it concise and to the point. Now is not the time to be criticising your employer or your job and you may well require a reference from them in the future.

A resignation letter should contain:

  • Addressee details
  • Date
  • Your name
  • Notice of termination of employment
  • When this is effective from
  • Thanks to your employer for the opportunities you have had during your employment
  • Your signature

Once you have written your resignation letter, you need to arrange a meeting with your Line Manager to let them know that you are resigning. Make sure you have prepared what you are going to say and take your letter with you. A lot of people feel guilty about resigning but it is important to remember the reasons why you wanted to leave in the first place.

If you are good at your job, you also have to expect that they will make you a counter offer to entice you to stay and you should consider how you will handle this. Counter offers can take the form of increased salary, promotion / future promotion, personal development opportunities or increased / new responsibilities. It can be very flattering but you should remember that a counter offer breaks the trust between you and your Manager. You are now putting your Manager in a position where you demand things from him that he was not ready to give to you. You have also demonstrated a lack of loyalty to the company which could hamper your career progression in the future. Industry research suggests that a large percentage of people who accept counter offers are back on the job market within six months.

Your Line Manager may very well be shocked that you are handing in your notice but remember to keep the meeting professional and thank them for your time at the company.

If you require any further guidance on handing in your notice, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Good luck!