These days, resigning from one job to take another isn’t necessarily something you need to worry about especially if you’re been laid off or aren’t currently working and don’t have that problem to concern yourself with.
Having said that, if you are working and want to switch jobs you’re going to need to resign and this is typically an area that people have trouble with either because they’re not sure how to write a resignation letter or to take one step back, simply get nervous about resigning from their current employer.
When it comes to resigning – especially if it’s from a job that you might have held for some time combined with the fact that the economy is still creaking along – people can often and not surprisingly get wet feet when it actually comes time to put things in writing and quit their current job.
You might start wondering if quitting your current job is a good idea especially in this economy. Sometimes people start to rationalize that perhaps their current job really isn’t that bad and that maybe the grass isn’t greener on the other side at the new place they’re thinking of joining.
While working in the recruitment business, I remember hearing and seeing cases where people had signed a job offer and then when it got to resigning from their current employer, they suddenly changed their mind and reneged on the job offer to remain with their current employer. In this case, I’m not talking about accepting a counter offer to remain with your current employer.
In this case, the person suddenly gets wet feet – quite often their spouse, current boss and/or colleagues put a bug in their ear – and they start to think that switching jobs isn’t such a good idea after all and they end up staying with their current employer.
Sometimes people forget the reason(s) they started looking for a new job in the first place and realize that they’re pretty comfortable where they are.
When you add in the state of the economy, people are often further scared off by the prospects of quitting a job that might be stable if not terribly exciting or motivating and going to a company that might offer a better opportunity at least from the outside looking in but upon closer inspection – once you start working there – you realize that things aren’t so rosy and stable as you initially thought.
When it comes to changing jobs, there are always going to be distractions and outside influences that affect your ability to think things through clearly. There will also be very few cases where you find a job and company that appears to be perfect. Every job you interview for and every company you consider will have pros and cons. The question is what makes the most sense to you and to your career given all the information you have at your disposal to make the best decision you can?
So with that in mind, if resigning from your current employer is in the cards and you need some help with your resignation letter I can point you in the direction of a resignation letter template to get you started.
Here is a sample resignation letter that you can use and tailor for your own purposes.
If however you’ve got a job offer in hand and are at the resignation phase but are getting wet feet regarding your decision to quit your current job to take a new one, perhaps you might want to reflect, take stock of your current situation and remind yourself why you started looking for a new job in the first place.