What not to do when you’re submitting your resignation letter
Let’s face it, we all think of throwing in an expletive or two – especially when we’re leaving because of a horrid work environment. But here’s why you should hold back the F bombs and keep it professional
What not to do when you're submitting your resignation letter
Avoid Listing Down All The Reasons You Hated Your Job
Don’t succumb to the urge to give a long list of reasons why you grew disillusioned or disgruntled with your job. Instead of doing this in your resignation letter, you can speak to your employer or HR face-to-face in your exit interview.
Being bitter only leaves a bad taste behind and shows that you enjoy holding grudges. Instead, mention aspects of your job that you have enjoyed and what you have learned. Remaining professional, even before you leave, goes a long way.
Avoid Sharing Unnecessary Info On Your Subsequent Career Plans
You don’t have to let your current employer know which company you’ll be joining next, or your new salary or benefits package — because all this doesn’t concern your current employer at all.
Your resignation letter should be kept brief and concise, without extraneous details. Simply explain when and why you are leaving (being as diplomatic as possible), and acknowledge the significance of your current job in your career path.
Avoid Mentioning Your Salary As The Reason Youre Leaving
Saying that you’re leaving because the company turned down your request for a higher salary or promotion is not advisable.
One, it may look like you’re threatening to leave unless the company raises your pay.
Two, it makes you seem like you’re only staying in the company for money.
While it is true that one’s salary is a reason for staying put at a job, using your resignation to negotiate for a higher pay may backfire. The company might choose not to offer you the money, and you will be effectively out of a job.
The more professional way is to meet up with your supervisor to negotiate for a higher salary and discuss your employment situation or career trajectory.
Your letter should focus on you, not other people, so leave your colleagues out of it, even if their behaviour might have been part of the reason you chose to leave.
If you don’t want to appear like a weak team player, avoid playing the blame game.
You never know if your future employer might reach out to your colleagues (or those who are not listed as your references) to find out if you were a good team member, so make sure you part ways with your colleagues on a good note.
You might even wish to go the extra mile and write a note to each of your co-workers to thank them.
Avoid Adding Any Negative Comments About Your Superiors
Your superiors might have been a nightmare to work for — they might be incompetent, a slave-driver, or nasty.
But remember that your resignation letter is not confidential and can be shared with your superiors, and that they are the ones giving you a testimonial in the future if a potential employer conducts a background check on you.
So make sure that you part on good terms with your superiors. Don’t get personal in your resignation letter.
Even if you don’t feel that you learned anything from your superior, it’s best to just gloss over it and focus on the positive aspects instead of unleashing any vitriol.