Q: Hi Jill. I am in the initial stages of leaving a current job, which I have been employed at for over a year, for something better.
I am not sure how I can inform my current employer that I will be leaving this job to take a more attractive offer from another company. How early should I notify my current employer? And through what method —? written, verbal?
My reason for leaving my current employer is that although they offered me some great experiences, I just didn’t feel I was able to apply all my skills and talents to the extent that I wanted to. I need to go somewhere where I can really spread my wings. Thank you for your help, Jill.
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A: Kudos on your new opportunity, Blossom. How you leave your current employer is as important as how you plan on establishing a relationship with the new one.
I recommend giving at least two weeks of notice and frankly much more than that according to the level of responsibility and expectations you had at your current job.
For example, if you are managing an entire team or at the heart of many projects already in progress, two weeks might seem like two minutes to an employer who must hire and train new staff.
Furthermore, it’s always a good idea to offer your assistance in training the next person, if applicable. This also shows your commitment to the company and your department.
Moreover, make certain sure that you aren’t breaching your contract when leaving as this is a sure way to burn the bridge with your employer.
Your formal resignation will take the form of a letter — however, I would recommend both verbal and e-mail communication to share the news with key personnel.
Of course, you need to keep such communication professional, and not offer any unnecessary information that you wouldn’t feel comfortable sharing via your formal resignation — you do not want to be remembered through rumours.
Overall, you want to leave your position on the best terms possible, so be strategic about how you sell this new and better opportunity to your current boss.
Jill Andrew — CYW, BA, BA (Hons.), BEd. Please include your full name, address and telephone number when e-mailing. All letters are subject to publication.
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