Posted by: Chris Reeves
Date posted: 27/11/18
It’s been coming for a while, you’ve thought about leaving, run the scenario through in your head. You’ve spoken to friends, family, perhaps even fellow colleagues. It’s something you’ve been working towards; the time spent preparing your CV, the research before meeting companies, the days set aside for interviews; it’s all been amounting to this moment.
Now you’ve received the offer, you’ve accepted the role, you’ve celebrated, had a pat on the back from everyone that you’ve quietly shared the news with. There’s just one stumbling block in the way. One conversation that’s beginning to fill you with a sense of dread:
Handing in your resignation and navigating your notice…
Whether you’ve worked with your manager for ten years or ten months, breaking the news can be a daunting prospect. It’s the point of no return. It’s the break up.
For some this conversation provides a much anticipated opportunity for honesty, a cathartic release, a sense of finality. You may have been looking forward to this conversation, especially if there are things you’ve wanted to tell your manager for a while but have kept bottled up. No matter how confident you are heading into a resignation meeting, it’s important to handle things professionally.
You may begin thinking about how you can alleviate the situation. What can you say that will make the conversation less awkward? Do you need to tell the truth? Lies will make everything better, right? It will be nicer for my manager to hear.
Suggestions on how to handle the conversation will come from all quarters:
Please, at all costs, avoid the above.
References play a key part in future appointments and, rightly or wrongly, your final four weeks will be at the forefront of a company’s recollection of the time you were employed there. Accordingly, this period will play a detrimental role in their decision as to whether to provide a positive reference further down the line!
So how can you leave on a positive footing, head held high, without a trail of aggrieved colleagues in your wake?
Leaving on a positive note ensures you don’t start your next role with a negative mindset. Helping to ensure the company is prepared for your departure can be cathartic and you can look forward to the next chapter of your career.
At Beeken Reeves, we support Architects and Designers at all levels to find challenging and innovative new opportunities. With over thirty years of high profile experience, our dedicated team of professionals are on hand to discuss your situation and provide a tailored. If you would like a conversation, get in touch!
Chris has a wealth of experience in the recruitment industry. He worked at SRP for over 5 years, working his way up to Head of Permanent Recruitment, before deciding to start Beeken Reeves. With a strong understanding of the sector's employment landscape, Chris advises companies on their project resource plans, reducing staff turnover levels and delivering greater profits from their projects.