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Resignation todo's

Resignation todo's

Resignation todo's

Hello everybody
Can someone tell me resignation todo's and todonot's?

For eg: I have just signed a job offer with another bigger company and am about to submit my resignation letter to my current employer. My current employer always makes counter offers and I'm not interested in one. I'm going to make this clear to them.

Also, they usually ask 'how much money is the new company offering you' and I don't feel like revealing this to them. Is it necessary to? What reason should I provide not to?

Thank you guys!

RE: Resignation todo's

Simply hand in a letter stating that you resign and the effective date. Do not tell them where you are going or what you will be doing or how much they are paying you. If they ask simply decline to provide the information. You do not need to provide a reason, but if anyone pushes I suggest you tell them (politely) that information is personal and they have no need to know it. Be prepared to leave immediately, so have any files you want want off your computer removed before handing in the letter. If you have passwords or knowledge of file locations etc that others do not have, it is a nice touch to make a list of the things they will need to have and hand it in with your letter.

Don't burn bridges by being nasty or petty but you can firmly and politely decline to anaswer any question you don't want to answer.

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RE: Resignation todo's

As SQLSister said, be prepared to leave right away.  They will take it personnally when you decline to discuss the specific's with them.  They may fear you are going to a competitor and ask you to leave ASAP.

Jim C.

RE: Resignation todo's

I agree with SQLSister 100%. I resigned 2 weeks ago and I did it professionally. Even took time to send an email to all of my co-workers explaining to them where all of the documentation was and how to do the tasks I did.

In my situation, the company I worked for was a train wreck :). In addition to that, they wanted me to start doing web design (I'm a color-blind C++ programmer), and that's when I started looking for a new job. My resignation was a total of 5 or 6 lines. Basically, I just said that I felt that I needed to move on to a new challenge, it's not their fault...it's mine...etc (wow..that sounds like a break up letter).

Even after you're polite, be prepared for an attempted backlash. Just take the high road and don't respond to any negative statements. Remember...you're the one who is going on to a better place :). In my situation, my wife worked at the same company (she is a web designer and enjoys it). The owner had her network access taken away as well and it looked like he was firing her, but he eventually realized that she was the best designer they had and gave her access back.

Long story summarized...put on some thick skin, and be nice. As far as what you tell them in your resignation letter, be honest; but you don't have to divulge any further information than what you want.

One other thing I just thought of. Read over your employee agreement/handbook to make sure there's not going to be any issues with non-compete/invention assignment/whatever. It would suck to find out you legally can't take the new job after resigning and they won't take you back :).

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RE: Resignation todo's

I third that.  You may be given an immmediate escort to watch you clean out your desk and walk you out the door.  

Have all your personal items ready to go and have all personal  data copied off and wiped from your computer / network folders, etc. at least a day early.

Have all passwords, etc. written down and keep a copy of what you gave them.  That way, in the future, if there's some kind of breach, you can demonstrate that you made a good faith effort to notify them they needed changing (this is so you aren't made a suspect).  Also, make sure any system you support is documented well enough that someone else can step into your place effectively.

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RE: Resignation todo's

Keep the resignation short and don't burn any bridges.  You never know where you might need to work with those folks again.  In one occassion, my previous employer was the incumbant management consultant to my new employer and had even written the job spec for the position I was about to get without even knowing I had applied for it.

In a couple of occaissions, I put in the letter that I was happy to discuss the termination date.  I was supposed to give 2 months notice, but my new employer wanted me to start asap.  So by making sure all my projects were all up to date, or at completion, I could get away a lot earlier and still keep everyone happy.

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RE: Resignation todo's

All good advice.  Regarding the company asking what the new company is offering, that's none of their business.  It's especially none of their business if they plan on making a counter offer.  If they do start asking about how much you're making, you can simply tell them that you aren't leaving because of the salary, you are leaving for other reasons.  You don't need to go into detail about the why's unless you feel like there is a serious issue with the company environment and you believe that they will honestly try to make it better for other people in the future.

On the off chance that it IS about the money I might give them a chance to counter.  But that depends on whether I had asked for raise and been turned down before I looked elsewhere.  If I had, then that's a clear sign that they don't value you and are only interested in doing the bare minimum required to keep you around.

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RE: Resignation todo's

I left a company in a similar situation some years ago, and I was tempted to get a little nasty with some of the questions they were asking me.

I'm back with them now though, 7 years later on, and I'm very glad I didn't burn my bridges!


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RE: Resignation todo's

Unless stated in a formal contract, the company does not have to give you the bonus.

Also, you should check your employment contract to make sure you don't need to repay the bonus if you leave within X months/days of accepting it. As you're dealing with a small company, I rather doubt that is the case.

RE: Resignation todo's

Never accept a counter offer. Most people who do accept them end up leaving soon anyway.

RE: Resignation todo's

Agree with the note about never accepting counteroffers.

Unless... the reason you're leaving is entirely, 100%, completely, all about the money.

But that's seldom the case -- there's usually a personality conflict, or a difference in direction the company or product is taking that is the root cause behind someone leaving.

Chip H.



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