- Do Not Delay
- Waiting to avoid the inevitable only creates more stress for everyone involved. Unless you have a significant commission check (or similar payout) in question, give your "notice of resignation" the first day you have made your decision. Once you get it over with, you will rest much easier. And, believe it or not, it is usually a lot simpler than you may fear.
- Keep It Professional
- It is understandable to get attached to certain individuals you work with, but this is not the time to dwell on personal issues. After all, those relationships will always be there if they are really meaningful. Keep your focus on your motivation for moving on and your sight set on new business opportunities.
- Keep Your Distance
- Remember the reasons you started to look around to begin with. And that you and your spouse/significant other/family have already been through the painstaking process of making your decision to move on. Most importantly, know that your existing employer does not own you nor do they have the right to know where you are going to be employed next. It is your business until you decide to share that information, if at all. If they pressure you
to stay or consider a counteroffer, inform them that your decision to leave is final
and that a counteroffer would not be accepted.
- Write It Down
- Having a concise, well-written letter of resignation makes your point for you. Present it to the appropriate authority before you start discussing your resignation.
- Request Confidentiality
- Let the information you have be distributed by its owner––you–– as much as possible. Inform only those that need to know and your transition will be a lot less hectic.
- Do Not Listen To Counteroffers
- First of all, where was the "new" money, title, promotion, package, territory, private office, commission, boss,
and so on, before you gave notice to resign? Secondly, statistics do not lie. Counteroffers rarely work out for the employee or the employer.