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Congratulations, you have been offered a new position and now you've accepted, you have to face the awkward task of handing in your notice with your current employer. Here are some tips that may prove useful!

Get your mind right.

Spend some time to reflect before informing your employee to make sure that this is absolutely the right decision for you! Have a think, is this the right time for you to take a new challenge? Will the new position offer career progression? How will the new role affect your personal situation? Have a think back to your initial decision to search for a new challenge. What were your objectives, what did you set out to achieve?

Prepare yourself.

Once you're happy with your final decision, have a think about how your employer will take the news. Will it be a surprise to them, or will they be expecting it?

Think about what you're going to say, it's sometimes good to rehearse in advance. Have a think about whether or not they will make you a counter offer to persuade you to stay and how you will handle this. Check out our 'Handling a counter offer' blog if you're a little unsure how to handle this.

We always recommend handing your notice in in person to your direct report, so take a think about when and where you can set aside some time.

Write your resignation letter.

There is really no right or wrong way to write your resignation. Remember to be positive, and thankful the opportunity that your employer has given to you - this will help you leave on good terms.

Here is a template that you can use!

<Date Month Year>

<Your Manager’s Name>

<Your Manager’s Title>

<Company Name>

<Company Address>

<Company Suburb>

<Company State and Postcode>

Dear <Manager’s First Name>,

Please accept this letter as formal notice of my resignation from my position as <Job Title> at <Company Name>. My last day of employment will be <Day, Date>.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to work in this position for the past <duration of your role>. I have thoroughly enjoyed working here and appreciate all of the opportunities you have given me. However, I have decided it is time for me to move on to my next challenge.

I would like to do anything I can to help with the transition, including wrapping up my responsibilities and training other team members. If I can be of any other assistance during this time, please let me know.

Thank you again for the opportunity, and I wish you and <Company Name> all the best for the future.

Yours sincerely,

<Your Full Name>

Handing in your resignation

Set aside some time to speak with your manager to tell them in person. Keep calm, be honest about your reasons for leaving, and remember you have made the decision to leave for a good reason! Make sure that you agree on a date to step away from the company, and that you agree on a 'handover plan'.

Good luck!

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