Resign Your Job, Not Your Dignity

Mudassir is a consultant and trainer in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.

Most of us would agree that it’s a small world—and even smaller within professional circles. We need to make sure that we leave good impressions on the people we meet—especially where we work. I understand that this is not always possible—we can’t make everyone happy, but we must try.

Preparing to embark on a new job opportunity is exciting—you’re turning over an important page in your career book. If you are presently working, this eagerness can be outshined by having to resign from your current job. You might be wondering how to go about it.

This is where the true character of all parties involved come to light. What do you think of a company that wants you to give short shrift to your previous employer by forcing you to join earlier than your notice period would allow? Would you cut your notice period in half and run away without a proper handover? And what of the company that will put its interest first by asking you to stay beyond your notice period? What’s the “right” way to do things?

One size doesn’t fit all, but here are my two cents with it comes to effectively leaving your current employer on a good note—without burning any bridges.

1. Your boss should know first. The worst thing you can do in a resignation scenario is whisper about it to your colleagues over the watercooler—…

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