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Burn Baby, Burn! Leaving A Job The Hassle-Free Way

Are you stuck in a dead end job? Do you want to try something new, like going to uni for example? Is it time to leave a role and move onto pastures new?

Anyone who answered yes to these questions only has one thing left to do: quit. As soon as the letter of resignation is on the boss’s desk and has been accepted, there are no more shackles. Imagine a life where you are free to follow your dreams and passions. You truly are living the dream!

Sadly, the acceptance part of resignation isn’t a formality. Employers, especially difficult ones, will make the process hard for no other reason than they hate to lose. Yep, what made them a good employer in the first place may turn the tide, and not in your favour. So, what are you supposed to do when the proverbial hits the fan? Better yet, how do you prevent this scenario from occurring in the first place? Below are a few tips on how to avoid burning bridges.

Draft A Letter
For the average person, resigning involves drafting a letter and handing it to their boss. It’s the traditional way. Of course, things have changed quite dramatically in a short space of time. Nowadays, workers are more entitled than ever before and feel as if they can do what they want when they want to do it. The attitude of “sticking it to the man” won’t get you very far in this situation. Not only can businesses be incredibly spiteful, but they deserve respect. After all, they treated you with dignity for the majority of the time that you spent in their employ. Granted, a letter of resignation is old-fashioned and not cool, but the process isn’t about who’s the most modern. It’s about respectfully and politely informing a potential future reference that you’ve found another job. There’s no need to ask for their blessing – it’s going to happen regardless. Still, start the way you mean to continue.

Keep It Mum
“Mum” is, of course, rhyming slang for schtum, which is great advice considering the circumstances. Just because you’re nearly out of the door doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. People will still use whatever ammunition they can get hold of to fire shots in your direction. It’s easy to think “yeah, but I don’t care,” yet it’s again the wrong attitude. Aside from being courteous, refraining from speaking aloud about issues is a safety net. Bosses and colleagues may think that your opinions are biased because you’re leaving and attempt to read between the lines. Usually, the result is resentment, particularly at the highest level of the business as it impacts their reputation. Don’t be na├»ve and assume these people don’t hold grudges. What do you think got them to the top of the tree? Whenever a difficult question comes your way, simply act like an eel and slip away.

Work Your Notice
In fact, it’s better to work a longer notice than what the business expects. In most cases, it shows that you are a team player regardless of the fact that you’re leaving. More importantly, it increases the chances of securing a favourable reference further down the line. Your contract should outline what is expected with regards to the duration. One month is the industry-standard yet some firms ask for modest two-weeks while others expect six-weeks. Even if it’s a stretch, try as hard as possible to adhere to the rules and regulations. If they are too hard to comply with, then speak to the boss and explain the position. Also, don’t be afraid to talk to your new employer. As peers, someone on the team may be able to negotiate better thanks to their position of power. Plus, companies always want favours and they can provide it if you are valuable enough!

Speak To Legal Professionals
Please be aware that no one is saying that your employer is going to hit the roof. To be honest, there is no way to tell how they react until they read the letter. Hopefully, and the good ones do this, they will be disappointed yet understand the decision. After all, everyone should have the opportunity to better oneself. Most of the time, this suggests that the process will go without a hitch. On the flip side, a boss that freaks out is going to put up hurdles and you need to jump them like a young Colin Jackson. Before handing the letter in, then, obtaining support with employment law is a wise move because the pros will outline what can and can’t happen. For example, they will tell you that it’s illegal for an employer to hand out bad references or references in poor faith. As well as affording you peace of mind, it also gives you the tools to respond. A boss may try and intimidate with strong-arm tactics, but a knowledgeable person will be able to sort the lies from the truth.

Don’t Push Your Luck
This can take many forms, but the most notorious is the process of poaching clients and employees. Everyone wants to impress on their first day, and there isn’t a better way than reeling in a huge fish. Plus, it’s easier than most people think because clients develop relationships with people, not the company. As soon as you move, they may want to follow suit because they trust in your ability. Tempting though it may be to accept, you should decline the offer and do your best to make them stay put. Your old bosses will see it as an act of aggression and respond in kind. So, what was a ploy to impress could end up landing the new company in a turf war with a powerful rival. See how easy the tide can turn? On a separate note, don’t push your luck by bragging, in person or on social media, or by coasting. You’re an employee until you leave so act like one.

Can you think of a situation where you’ve done any of the above? How did it impact your career?

Stay Gorgeous

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  1. Resigning can be so daunting! I've resigned from my last two jobs but it was the best thing I ever did xx