6 Steps to Resigning Your Job | Job Search Radio

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses the six steps to take to resign your job properly.

Summary

When you resign your job, it needs to be done properly and done in a good way so as not to inconvenience your boss, your previous firm AND, most importantly from your vantage point, to keep this person is a reference and not have them sabotage you in the future.

The way to do it is (1) get your offer letter in writing from the new employer. Without that, you don't have legal protection.

2. Meet with your boss and try to do it on Friday, or Friday afternoon. As soon as you said the magic words, "Can I see you for a minute," they know what is coming. That's the proper way to do it. You do it in person; you don't just send them an email. Make time to meet with them on Friday afternoon. If they're not in, for whatever the reason is, do it Monday morning 1st thing . So when they come in. having been out that Friday, Monday morning 1st thing, "Can I see you for a moment?"

3. Give 2 weeks notice. No matter what they say, no amount of time is going to be good from their vantage point. Your new employer needs you and wants you within 2 weeks. Give 2 weeks notice. When they start begging you, "Can you make it 6 weeks? " Or a month. Or 3 weeks. "My new firm needs me there. If you need me to do some after-hours work or take some calls after hours, I would be happy to do that. However, I need to give 2 weeks notice."

4. A simple resignation letter. It shouldn't go into all sorts of onerous things. It might simply be, "I have decided to resign my position with (put in the name of the company) and accept the new position. My last date of employment will be such and such. ." You are being very clear when you're going into the resignation, you are going to hand in a letter, so is there, handed to them. "Thank you for the opportunity to work for you. I have learned a lot here, but I have decided to accept another position." That's it. Sweet and simple. "Very truly yours."

5. When you are asked why you are changing jobs, saying absolutely nothing that is critical. They know the problems that you have had, but instead, point to the opportunity going forward.

"I have been very happy here. I have learned a lot. " If you haven't been happy, it is been obvious to them. "I have an opportunity here to leverage my experience and learn even more. Just it would be a great choice.

6. If they decide to extend the counteroffer to you, in many situations, counteroffers are very tempting. After all, suddenly they are going to go, "Hey! I know you are worth $125,000 today, this afternoon, you are now worth $145,000! Isn't that great!" Accepting a counteroffer doesn't do anything to remedy the other things that were problematic for you with the job. If anything, it suggests they think they can buy you. Although they will promise to change those things, eventually, what starts to happen is they will backslide into old behavior patterns.

Please don't misunderstand this analogy. I think it is a valid one. I'm not trying to be hurtful to those who experience this. In the case for spouses been abused or partner has been abused by a dominant person in the house, there is always that promise. "I won't do that again. I promise." Unfortunately, in way too many situations, the promises just hot air. The old behavior returns.

The same thing exists when they promised to changing how they manage you, what your work is going to be like; maybe for a little while. It will change. But, invariably, there is a backslide that occurs.

It's very very rare that I encourage people to take a counteroffer. So I will say it again – – don't really consider a counteroffer unless you are shocked by something that they do other than the money.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is an executive job search and business life coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

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How Can I Resign Without Too Much Fuss? (VIDEO)


“After being headhunted two months ago, I now have an offer on the table I can’t refuse. I’ve not moved jobs for seven years now. How can I resign without too much fuss?”

Summary

Here's the question I received: "After being headhunted two months ago, I now have an offer on the table I can’t refuse. I’ve not changed jobs for seven years now. How can I resign without too much fuss?"

There are 2 parts to this; the 1st part relates to your boss. All you have to do is request 15 minutes with them. Most people resign on a Friday . However, if for some reason you have to start sooner than would be allowed by giving 2 weeks notice, resign now.

"Can I have a few minutes with you?"

You will have already wordprocessed the letter of resignation and will say something like, "This is to confirm what I have told you orally. (Fill in the name of the firm), effective immediately. I'm providing 2 weeks notice. My last day of employment is such and such. Thank you so much for the opportunity I have had here for the last 7 years. I really appreciate it. However, I have a great new offer that I am looking forward to."

"Best of luck to you and if there is anything else I can do within these 2 weeks to assist with the transition, please let me know."

Hand this letter to your boss as you sit down, then, orally say much the same thing to he or she. What you are doing now is handing in a confirmation note.

You can't guarantee their response. After all, this is the other side of the equation. Earlier I said there were 2 sides to this and I initially dealt with your side which is what to do. Given that you have been there for 7 years and in general may not have changed jobs often, you may have some degree of a churning stomach before hand. This is very common.

On their side, your boss may hear your words and your eyes may become very big and say something like, "But why? We love you! You're so important to us. Please stay. We need you. What's it going to take? What's it going to take?" You can't control their side of it.

On your boss' side, for 7 years you have been the reliable loyal individual and now you are leaving. As a result, they may try to persuade you to stay by paying you more. If money were the only reason why you decided to leave, pay attention. However, you need to remember the other reasons why you want to look for a job, too.

Usually, firms make promises to parting employees to persuade them to stay. But remember this – –(1) in 2 weeks, they will forget what those promises were. (2) if your boss leaves, who knows what these promises were, right? Let me give you an example from some years ago. This person who is doing 80% travel and want to stay close to home, was willing to do 25% travel, decided to stay with his firm promised him that. When his boss quit and was replaced, he went back up to 80% again. As a result, you have to get that part in writing which they will never do.

In terms of minimizing "fuss," they will probably take a few runs asked you to try to persuade you to stay. Your boss' boss may take a run at you. HR may reach you for an exit interview. This is not the time to go out with guns blazing, shooting in every direction, criticizing everyone and everything. It's ridiculous because they are not going to change anything. That's the reality; they are not going to change anything and you are going to feel and look ridiculous and goofy by being critical of the boss who is still going to be there or critical of your coworkers who are still going to be there.

Just simply say, "I am happy to do the exit interview." If they asked about why you are leaving, you can simply say, as you said in your note, "I was headhunted and it is very different than what I am doing here. It is a great opportunity. I've decided to go forward."

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a coach who worked as a recruiter for what seems like one hundred years. His work involves life coaching, as well as executive job search coaching and business life coaching. He is the host of “Job Search Radio” and “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” both available through iTunes and Stitcher.

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How Can I Quit a New First Job? (VIDEO)


I just started a couple weeks ago, but I have been offered a better job. How can I quit this job without hard feelings from my boss? I promised her I would work holidays and now I feel really flaky to just quit…This is my first job so I am really inexperienced.

 

Summary

The question for today is, “How can I gracefully with a new 1st job?  I just started a few weeks ago and have been offered a better job.  How can I quit this job without hard feelings from my boss?  I promised her I would work holidays and now I feel really flaky quitting. This is my 1st job  and I am really inexperienced. This happens quite often for beginners.  This is not the 1st time I proceed to question like this from someone and I decide to answer this

You cannot control your boss’s reaction.  Your boss is going to react if she reacts and is nothing to do with you.

How can you minimize it?  

With sincerity.

You can walk into your boss’s office and say, “Can I see you for a few minutes on Friday afternoon?”  Sit down with her and say, “I‘m not sure how to do this well, so I apologize and I am quitting my job.  A dream position I interviewed for before has come through, something I have always wanted to do.  I cannot let go by.  I’m giving you my notice and my last day of employment will be at the end of this week, next week, whenever it is.

You are supposed to give 2 weeks notice, but if your employer needs you there sooner, then, you have to do it.  If yours, if your boss responds with anger or upset, loudness (WHAT!)  And some sort of barking at you, just take it.  Don’t respond.  Listen to it.

If she demands answers from you, “Listen, I understand that you are upset. I can’t let this go by; I am 22 years old.  I don’t want to wake up when I was 52 and wondering what I should have done when I was 22 and wondering whether I made the right choice.  This is what I’ve always wanted to do.  It came in like a bolt out of the blue.  I interviewed for this months before we talked  and now it’s here.  I didn’t expect it ever to arrive when they called me.

“They should have told you sooner!”

“I agree.  Unfortunately, they were not ready to do that.  Now that they have, I’m going to be following up and taking the job offer. I’m so sorry if this catches you short but this really surprised the heck out of me. As I said, my last day is going to be” 

and you tell her the data again. Hand her a letter of resignation at that time. Don’t quit until you have an offer letter in hand from your new employer.

Go out there and be spectacular during your last few days with this firm. It’s distressing, I know, but you have to take it because you are upsetting them. Let them have their upset. Don’t take anything personally. You made a choice. It was the right choice for you. It has an impact on them. AND you will probably never see these folks again.

Good luck in your new job.

 

Do you think employers are trying to help you?

You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell you as much as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com changes that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

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When Your Current Employer Wants More Than Two Weeks Notice

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains how to respond when your current manager asks for more than two weeks notice.

Summary

I want to talk with you about those instances when you are giving you notice in your current employer turns around and says, “No! No! No! Not two weeks notice. We need four, six, eight weeks notice two months notice! Two years notice!” Whatever it is, it’s more than two weeks.

Here’s how you respond to it. I want to understand that the reason you doing this is that if you agreed to their unreasonable request (and it is an unreasonable request), it has an impact on your relationship with your future employer. That’s where you are going to be for the next period of your life, not with your former employer.

You just very simply respond by saying, “I understand your concern. I want you to know that I’m very prepared to do over time in order to ensure that this is a smooth transition. I given a commitment to my future employer on a particular date. My commitments are important to me; it’s important to them as well and I’m going to be there on that date.”

“If you need me to work overtime or participate in the interviewing for my replacement and assist with the hand off , I can take phone calls, not a ridiculous number of phone calls but I can take a phone call or two when my new job and will be happy to answer the new person’s questions. However, again, I need to be there on this particular date.”

If you work for big or midsized company, you don’t have to worry about this, because sometimes we work for a small firm or the owner is very hands-on you, may have to contend with an owner who says, “What! If you feel that way, get out of here now!” And they throw you out of your job now. If that happens, they obviously didn’t need you for more than two weeks, right? If you want to start sooner at your next employer you can contact them and say, “The person I was working for decided it would be better if I left now and I would like to join sooner.”

“Why did they feel that way?”

“They had an emotional tantrum when I gave them two weeks notice and they asked for four and I said I’m going to keep my commitment.”

That reinforces an ethical quality in the mind of the next employer in you.

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

The skills needed to find a job are different yet complement the skills needed to do a job.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn 

Would It Be Bad If I Left My New Job After Two Weeks?

 

There’s more to the story that I’ll explain but this is the crux of it. For some reason, the audio is not perfect. I apologize and the content is great.

A person just joined a bank and received an offer from a well-known tech firm to join at a salary 80% higher than the bank offered and with 50% more stress.

He is wondering whether he should stay or go. What would you do?

How do you think I’ll answer him? What you think my reasoning will be?

I have great reasons for him.

Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters-they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.
Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.
JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters-videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.
Connect with me on LinkedIn 

Is It Worth It?

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses a call he received from a job hunter about resigning a position so they could check a reference.

In it, I discuss receiving a call from someone through LivePerson (now PrestoExperts.com) who was kind of torn.

There are two elements to is the scenario she painted for me.

She described how her perspective employer wanted to do a reference check with her current employer . . . and that she had lied about her salary.

Here, I offer a solution for what she should do.

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Do you think employers are trying to help you? You already know you can’t trust recruiters—they tell as they think you need to know to take the job they after representing so they collect their payday.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

JobSearchCoachingHQ.com is there to change that with great advice for job hunters—videos, my books and guides to job hunting, podcasts, articles, PLUS a community for you to ask questions of PLUS the ability to ask me questions where I function as your ally with no conflict of interest answering your questions.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Why People Quit (Video)

 

There are many reasons why people quit. Here are a few of the biggies. Correct your behavior if any of them resonate with you.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a career coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube  for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Exit Interviews

Beware the exit interview.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube  for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me questions via phone, Skype or Facetime? Have your job search questions answered.

Giving Notice The Right Way

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter explains the right way to resign your job and give notice.

Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube  for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me questions via phone, Skype or Facetime? Have your job search questions answered.

The Proper Way to Resign Your Job

In this video, Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter discusses how to quit your job without burning your bridges.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter has been a coach and recruiter for what seems like one hundred years.

Follow him at The Big Game Hunter, Inc. on LinkedIn for more articles, videos and podcasts than what are offered here and jobs he is recruiting for.

Visit www.TheBigGameHunter.us. There’s a lot more advice there.

Email me if your firm is trying to hire someone.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Pay what you want for my books about job search

Subscribe to TheBigGameHunterTV on YouTube for advice about job hunting and hiring. Like videos, share and comment.

Trying to hire someone? Email me at JeffAltman@TheBigGameHunter.us

Do you need more in-depth coaching? Join my Coaching program.

Want to ask me questions via phone, Skype or Facetime? Have your job search questions answered.

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