How to Gracefully Resign From Your Job

“I’m handing in my notice.”

Truth is, no matter how much you may obsess about quitting a job, imagining scenarios in which you leave for lunch and never come back, or in which you develop a very rare disease and are confined to your home for an indefinite amount of time, resigning is still a hard thing to do.

You can come up with a thousand scenarios in your mind-each with their preferred dialogue, and the highly sought after “mic drop” moment, where, in a moment of triumph, you let out everything you’ve been holding in, and get the last laugh. But, it’s still uncomfortable.

As adults, you realize that your actions have consequences. A temper tantrum could cost you a reference for future employment, or the edge up on other candidates applying for the same position as you. Or worse yet, your future employer may know your old one. Stranger things have happened. It really is a small world.

In this case, like most, moms are right. You shouldn’t burn your bridges. Even if you hate your boss, or hate the job. In our line of work, it seems like people really don’t think about the way they sever ties. They simply stop showing up, turn off their phones, or block our calls. It’s ironic, given that fact that, 90% of those individuals return looking for another job. But, we don’t forget. It goes in your file, and your reputation takes a hit.

So, how do you resign gracefully? We understand that everyone isn’t a right fit for every job, and that in other cases, people really just want a better position. But, there is a right way to do it. So, take notes.

  • Give a two weeks notice, if possible.It is standard to give at least two weeks notice to your boss when you want to quit. Sometimes a company contract or union agreement has different rules, so revisit them to ensure you leave properly. You can also check with human resources (HR) as to the proper procedure for quitting. However, you might consider leaving without giving two weeks notice if you are experiencing harassment, feel unsafe at work, or are otherwise so miserable that you cannot last two weeks.
  • Keep it positive, or neutral. There is no need to go into detail about what you hate about your job. Keep in mind that this employer might have to write you recommendations, or at least verify your employment history, during your job search. Therefore, you want to leave on a positive note.
  • Offer to help with the transition. Another way to leave on a positive note is to offer to help with the transition period before you leave. You might offer something specific. For example, you could say you are willing to train a new employee or help in whatever way is needed to lessen the effect of your departure from the company.
  • Write a resignation letter. Even though you told your boss in person, you need to follow this up with a formal resignation letter. Like your in-person resignation, keep the letter positive, or at least neutral. Do not go into detail about the reasons why you hate the job.

Keep these tips in mind as you consider to jump ship. You’ll be glad you did!

Happy Father’s Day to ALL the Rad Dad’s!

This weekend, people all over the world will be celebrating their fathers. For being present, paying the bills, keeping a roof over our heads, keeping our bellies full, cheering us on, and betting for us every time. And while this may not be the case for ALL dads, we are so thankful they played a part in bringing us into the world!

Work, work, work work, work.

“Work, work, work, work, work” aren’t just lyrics to a Rihanna song. They’re words to live by. Working hard during the week makes weekends so much sweeter!

Employment in the time of Covid

If you’ve been keeping up with the news for even a small period of time, then you’ve heard of the massive layoffs, reduction of hours, and abrupt terminations millions of people have had to go through. More than likely, you’ve not only read about it, but may also be on the receiving end of the bad news, or know of someone close to you who is struggling. Covid has adversely affected every possible sector, and there is a lot of uncertainty as to what the future will look like. It definitely is a bleak time, but while it is bleak, there is still hope. When things are bad, they can only get better. If you’ve been laid off, lost your job, or have had to cut back on working hours, don’t sit and mope. There are hundreds of thousands right there along with you.

Breathe, wipe your face, and start looking for another job. Call local temp agencies. Ask about their temp to hire positions. Inquire about any open, full time positions they may have. Ask to be put on their “Available” list. Say “yes” to those temporary positions. Take it one day at a time. Maybe it won’t be a full time position, or your dream job, but it will pay the bills, keep you going, and add experience to your “work tool belt”. Don’t get blinded by the media. Do what you can. Things will surely look up if you keep going.

Google search “remote positions” if you have kids at home, and can’t afford to pay a babysitter. Places like Amazon are booming at this time, and are always looking to hire. They’ll provide you with the equipment you need to do the job, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home.

Drive through your local town or nearby cities, and keep an eye out on the doors of the businesses you pass; there is always a “Help Wanted” poster up when they’re looking.

Call or email your friends and let them know you’re looking for a job, and would appreciate any information on vacancies they become aware of. There is no shame in putting yourself out there. Like you, there are so many more. Just make the call, or send the text.

These are simple, pretty obvious suggestions. But, when you’re in a slump, you can become blinded by the overwhelming sense of failure and fear, and a friendly reminder can help you get back up. In a couple of months, you’ll look back and be glad that you didn’t sit and sulk.

We’re rooting for you.

Yes, “the early bird does get the worm.” And, the diligent worker really is more prepared for the future.

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You don’t labor in vain.

Bring in every day with a great attitude! A great attitude in the simplest things makes a world of difference.

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Friday Motivation

It’s all about having the right attitude.

How Long Should I Stay at a Job?

As a recruiter, a large portion of my time goes into reviewing resumes, sending them to clients, and responding to their questions regarding a prospective candidate’s employment history.

“Why have they had five different positions for five different employers in the last two years?” “Why can’t they last at a job for more than a month?” And more often than not, those questions are rhetorical, a means of making a point. What point is this exactly? The point is that companies want to see stability in future hires.

Why is stability so important? The reason is that hiring, training and retaining talent comes with a cost that companies would prefer not to invest in for short-term employees. Instead, they hope to hire someone who will last long enough to make up for these on-boarding costs and add additional value.

So, how long is long enough? According to experts, you should stay at your place of employment for a minimum of two years. It’s enough time to learn new skills and build your qualifications, while short enough to show that you value growing in your career.

You can’t always keep from leaving a position before the two year mark. Sometimes, you will just have to go ahead and get on out, but keep in mind that a string of exes looks bad in both relationships and employment. Be prepared to weigh the consequences and to consider how the move can adversely affect your future employment prospects before you hop on out.

Labor Well.

Two words. “Labor well.” These words though few, pack a punch. Laboring well means working hard. It means ending the week feeling satisfied that you did every task to the best of your ability, that you earned your paycheck with the sweat of your brow. Nothing makes you feel more satisfied than to know you earned your keep. Independently of how little or how much you make, no one can take away the feeling of knowing you did your duties with excellence, and with a willing disposition. Laboring well-there is dignity in that.