How to resign? Art of quitting!


“How to resign?” is a dilemma most of us have been through.

Even though switching jobs is a regular practice of professional life, resignations are still ambivalent; they’re happy, they’re sad, you may feel confident, you may feel anxious and a bunch of other things.

You may feel excited to meet your new team while feeling dispirited to leave the old one.

But you’ve made your mind by now, and all that’s left is how to write a resignation letter to your boss? Spilling the news to officials has always been a tough task, no matter how many switches you’ve made.

And, making it a piece of less surprising news is a much bigger task.

Be it an employee or employers resignations are not easy for anyone. You’re leaving a job you’ve put so much in, they’re leaving an employee who knows their organization better than their next hire, irrespective of how talented the next hire may be.

Though sometimes your tenure with the organization has not been the fairytale ride you imagined it to be, but resigning gracefully is not an option “You must do it.”

Let me tell you why you should resign on a good note!

The world is round; you’re never really done with anything, even when you think you’re and ex-employers are one of them.

You may need recommendations or references for your future jobs or may need to return to the same organization again [don’t be so sure, you never know what future holds for you].

So, leaving on a positive note will always keep that door open, especially in the times when you need them.

Since you know “why?” here’re tips on “how to resign?” from your job courteously.

Get yourself covered

Never leave a job without an offer letter at hand or a source of income that can sustain you.

You may feel confident and happy about your decision, but leaving your job to be an entitled unemployed is a risk you must avoid at all costs unless you have some strong personal reasons to do so.


Even if you’re in process with other organization don’t leave the present one without a job offer at hand. The Indian job market has not been flourishing lately, so landing another job is not an easy or quick process.

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Also, being employed will keep you in a better position to negotiate for future salaries. So look out for being too enthusiastic with your resignations, as it may cost you a lot of time and opportunities.

Leave a legacy

Not handing over your work properly to your colleagues or replacement will not make you irreplaceable but it will surely make you a jerk.

To ensure work runs smoothly in your absence; create work manuals, provide your contact number too in case of any queries.

If your organization is not hampering you while resigning, don’t hamper their work with these low tricks.

Stay Polite

Keep your resignation letter polite and free from any negative comments about the organization.

Even if you’ve been tolerating their poor management for years and they didn’t treat you respectfully either, or maybe according to you that’s the right thing to do.



But is it worth more than your future? Getting one bad reference from your past employer can kill your prospects of being hired at your dream organization.

So leave the good work for someone else and move on silently.

Mentioning the cause of resignation in your resignation letter is not necessary so you can skip that part if your reason for leaving is a rather personal one.

Don’t ghost

I still remember how we used to joke about a hire who vanished a week after joining the organization. Just don’t be that guy!

Always provide a formal resignation. Period.

Always give a formal resignation to your organization and try to serve the notice period. Adhere to your work ethics and give your organization a closure.


Skip the notice period only if it’s highly urgent for you to leave the job.

There’s another way not providing a resignation can go wrong; suppose you left the job frustrated without a word to anyone, and a week later your organization encounters a data breach, you can imagine what will happen next.

To work at an organization for a day or a decade, to work or not work it’s your decision and no one has the power to influence that [unless you have signed a bond, then they can] but don’t run away because you were afraid to face them.

Know your limits

You really want to take along that business plan which took you months to complete; you worked so hard over it after all.

But know that, your salary was the compensation in return of all your hard work, so you technically don’t own any rights to any work you’ve done. You can take away any ebooks, learning materials you might have prepared for your team. But know your legal boundaries while taking away content from your company database or even your PC.

Taking a document that might contain any sensitive information can land you in trouble.

Leave no trace

While we’re already talking about PC and data, before you spill the beans about your resignation, do clean your system of any personal files, emails, passwords you may have saved on it.

Also, if there’s any stuff that you might want to take along, copy it before sending your resignation. Save it on a cloud, as USBs are disabled at most office computers.


Because once you’ve hit send on your resignation email, you might be asked to leave instantly. Or any issue from the company side can forbid you from accessing your computer. So do all the work beforehand.

Also, collect any information like PF details [in case you don’t have it], any pending letters, etc. Get them from HR before it’s late.

Get the cheque first

Try to put your resignation after receiving your monthly paycheck or any due documents or compensation to stay on the safer side.

As some organizations may go as far as using unfair means against your resignation like; not paying you a full salary, relieving documents, etc.

Keep them, friends

Same as your organization, even though you’re planning to move on don’t fall on the wrong side of your colleagues.

Bid goodbye to them politely, and stay in touch, they’ll always come across in this small world, and can maybe prove helpful.

Remember to leave with the same sincerity with which you started your job, even if it was the most terrible organization you’ve worked at. Don’t get into an unfair fight with them, as they may be better at it.

Yes, resignations are hard, but if you do them right, you can move on peacefully without burning any bridges.

Ready to resign? Find a job you’d never want to quit. –

Chhaya Sharma

Chhaya Sharma

Chhaya is a Content Strategist with HireTale. She loves to read, write and eat.

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