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Let’s admit it, we’ve all experienced a breaking point at some point in our careers when we’ve wanted to submit a same day resignation letter, leave for lunch and never return or better yet march into our boss’s office and yell “I QUIT!”

Although, sometimes enticing, don’t do it! Remember, we never want to burn bridges or tarnish our professional image. Regardless, if it’s an amicable, planned departure or one of those days when making an irrational decision seems like the right thing to do, always remember to keep these seven key tips in mind when resigning (the right way).

1)   Notify your boss – Once you’ve solidified your exit plan the next best thing to do is set-up a meeting with your supervisor in order to inform him/her of your departure by formally submitting a letter of resignation.

2)   Two weeks notice -The business norm is two weeks in order to allow ample time for your employer to begin the transition process. Of course in any situation there are few exceptions to the rules but to be on the safe side, stick with at least a two weeks advance notice.

3)   Tie up loose ends – It’s your responsibility to complete unfinished business, even if you have to work extra hours your last two weeks to ensure the completion of these projects. This not only leaves a lasting impression but also serves as a point of reference towards your dedication and hard work ethic.

4)   Tidy Up – Leaving a clear, concise and well-organized trail allows a smooth transitioning process not only for your employer but for your replacement as well. Also don’t forget your personal workstation should be left spic and span.

5)   Don’t slack off – The thought of embarking on a new journey within your professional career usually brings about feelings of excitement, anxiousness and nervousness. Generally, these varied emotions and mixed thoughts can cause you to abandon your everyday working habits but as time winds down during your last days or weeks continue to do your job and do it well!

6)   Leave on a warm note – Sending a farewell message is a great way to express your gratitude for the opportunity and appreciation for working with your peers and counterparts. It also goes without saying this is the perfect time to include your contact information just in case you would like to keep in touch.

7)   The final review – The exit interview is intended for employers to receive feedback and constructive criticism on ways to make the company more effective from their employees point of view. During this time, bad mouthing individuals within the organization is a big NO-NO!

Regardless of the circumstances, if you’re contemplating or in the process of leaving your current job hopefully these tips will help you throughout the resignation process and further contribute to your professional development. Leaving on a positive note is always a good idea and will prove to consistently work in your favor, especially as you further progress within your career.

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