Getting a new job can be one of the most exciting times in your life, and often means a big change to your routine and possibly your career path. However, after you have the thumbs up to join the new company, you have the dreaded resignation to deal with before you take your first steps onto that new path. There are good and bad ways to resign; the press recently reported on a Twitter employee taking advantage of the fact that they were leaving with a final act of defiance – unplugging Donald Trump’s twitter account for a while! As tempting as it might be to see this as an opportunity to relax your attitude to your current employer, we have a list of Do’s and Don’ts that will ensure your actions don’t cause fireworks or come back to haunt you…

Do…

Keep it professional – this is not an opportunity to list all of your grievances with your current employer. Keep your conduct professional and polite, whatever the situation.

Give notice – You may be contractually obliged to do so, but even if you are not, do give as much notice as you can where possible, so your employer can put cover in place.

Put it in writing – Even if you have resigned over the phone or face to face, it is always a good idea to put this in writing in an email or letter. Keep in mind that this will be kept on your file and possibly referred to in the future.

Don’t…

Be negative – Resist the temptation to bad mouth your employer to your colleagues, it will be seen as unprofessional and unnecessary – you’re leaving, so leave on good terms where possible.

Take your foot off the pedal – Now is not the time to slow down! Maintain your work levels, taking the same pride in your work as you always have. After all, your employer is still paying you to do the same job and will be appreciative if you can hand over your role in good shape for your successor.

Leave a mess! – Have a tidy up both physically at your work station – removing all your personal items, notes etc and also digitally – removing your old emails, files unless they are needed for your successor or manager as part of the handover.

All that remains for us to say is ‘Good Luck in your new job!’