you have found the opportunity of choice,
a professional, your decision to change employment was made
objectively. It is now up to you to end your relationship
with your current employer as professionally as you began
it and held it.
- Make an appointment with your manager and
prepare a professional letter of resignation. (see
- During the meeting, calmly and concisely
explain your decision and make it clear it is final. Retain
your poise if the meeting becomes tense.
- Remember, this is a professional decision,
not a personal one. It is not necessary to notify your employer
of where you are moving to. Keep your conversation during
the exit interview on a professional and positive level.
Be wary of counteroffers. You will hear the
- We have plans for you that will come to
fruition the first of next month - it's my fault for not
- I shouldn't do this, but I'm going to let
you in on some confidential information. We're in the process
of reorganizing, and it will mean a significant promotion
for you within six months.
- We'll match your new offer and even better
it by "x" percent. This raise was supposed to
go into effect the first of next quarter anyway, but because
of your fine record, we'll start it immediately.
- When I told our president of your decision,
he told me he wants to have dinner with you and your wife
as soon as possible. You just tell me when, and he'll drop
everything to discuss this situation with you.
While you may be flattered and your emotions may be swayed,
you also may lose your objectivity, you'll be tempted to reconsider.
- Is the counteroffer a ploy to avoid short-term
inconvenience to the company?
- Will your career track remain blocked?
- Will you still be reporting to the same
- Will your responsibilities be expanded?
- Have others who have accepted counteroffers
in your company been fairly treated?
- Why do you have to say you are resigning
before the company recognizes your worth?
The logic and feelings surrounding your
decision to seek new challenges were made looking forward.
Don't look back now for the satisfaction that you should have
already earned. Keep your vision on the future success you
will achieve with your new position.