At the end of the day, it might be time to call it quits with your current employer. What was something relatively simple to do in the past — give two weeks notice — is no longer something simple. I was going to write a nice list of what to do — and not do — when you resign, but I was pointed to this fabulous article by Alan L. Sklover on his blog Sklover Working Wisdom.
The article, Resigning from Your Job, offers 21 necessary precautions for resigning. I read them. I got cautious as well.
Thinking it over, the concern over how you resign is just another piece in the “employee as transactional work” that many companies seem to have. Before it was a manager and an employee working together to get things done. Now it is “Business Code of Conduct” and employment contracts and employment-at-will and being laid off regardless of performance.
How you resign is now very important in ensuring that your career objectives are maintained, along with your ability to quickly move on to the next company.
Read — and then bookmark — “Resigning from Your Job.” You’ll need it sooner or later.
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