Statistics show the average person changes jobs a dozen times in their lifetime. Best case scenario, we can all hope that each of those departures happens of our own volition — which means there will be more than a few instances where you’ll need to submit a two weeks’ notice to your employer.
If you possess the good fortune to land a new job opportunity, giving your supervisor notice that you’re resigning should never be a throwaway gesture. Your intentions to transition from one position to another should always be conveyed in a professional manner — a standard practice that shows you have respect for your employer and the company, especially if you have a good relationship with your boss and coworkers.
Here are three ways to give your two weeks’ notice:
1. Schedule a Meeting With Your Manager
The first step in giving your two weeks’ notice is to schedule a face-to-face meeting with your manager. Email or message them (Microsoft Teams, Slack, etc.) to schedule a time to meet. It’s important to be honest and straightforward about your decision to leave. Let them know you have enjoyed working for them and that your intended departure is not a reflection of your experience with the company.
When giving your notice, provide specific reasons for your decision. For example, if you are leaving for a new job opportunity, be sure to mention it. However, it’s best to avoid discussing any negative aspects of your current job or the company.
(The same applies to talking too much about your new role, since it could show a lack of respect for your manager and the company that has supported you. Reveal information about your new job only if asked.)
During this meeting, it’s also a good idea to discuss any projects or tasks that you are currently working on and what steps you will take to ensure a smooth transition. This will show your manager that you are dedicated to making sure the company is not affected by your departure.
2. Write a Professional Letter
Another classy way to give your two weeks’ notice is to write a resignation letter to your manager. This letter should be written in a formal, business-like tone and should include all the information you would have discussed in a face-to-face meeting.
In the letter, be sure to express your gratitude for the opportunity to work with the company and the skills you have learned during your time there. Again, be specific about your reasons for leaving, and assure them that you will do everything you can to ensure a smooth transition.
Remember to include your last day of work and your contact information in case they need to reach you.
3. Communicate Your Intentions Early
If you know you will be leaving the company in the near future, you should let your manager know as soon as possible — it could be three weeks in advance of starting your new job, one month or more, if possible.
This allows the company to start planning for your replacement and makes the transition process smoother for everyone involved. Additionally, by communicating your intentions early, you are showing your manager you are dedicated to the company’s success, even though you will no longer be a part of it.
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The key to leaving a job you’ve enjoyed and respected is a hard decision to make, but always make your intentions honest, straightforward and respectful. Remember that the way you leave a job can have a big impact on your professional reputation and your future job opportunities.
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