When should you resign from a job?
Certainly, when you get a new job and are currently employed by someone else, you need to figure out when to deliver the news to your boss that you have a new job and are resigning.
I've found that some people want to run out and resign right away as soon as they have a job offer even before they have actually received an offer in writing!
Before you resign from your current employer, take some time to ensure that everything is in place with your new employer.
Here are some tips regarding figuring out the timing of your resignation.
- 1. Don't think about resigning until you have actually received a job offer in writing. A job offer is not a job offer until you have an offer in writing. I would not think about resigning from my current employer until I had not only received the offer in my hand, but until I'd also returned my signed copy to them and had my new employer confirm they'd received it. I always return the signed copy of the job offer to my new employer before thinking about resigning from my current employer. Ensure that the job offer contains everything you expected and then return the signed copy to your new employer before resigning from your current job.
2. Pay attention to the terms of your current employer. If you are required to give a certain amount of notice - 2 or 3 weeks notice is fairly standard - you want to ensure you provide them with the necessary notice. Quitting on the spot or only giving one week notice when you are required to give 3 weeks is the best way to burn your bridges with your current employer. Even though you are leaving them, you want to leave your employer on good terms in case you ever have the opportunity to return to them or in the case you need something from them ie. a reference.