Resignation and Knowing What You Want

Resigning from your job in usually a difficult thing to do, so it is advisable to work out how to do this in the best possible light, and also at the best possible time for everyone. To resign in a disrespectful manner can result in a negative relationship between you and your employer and also secure you with a bad reference, ruining your chances of being placed in the new job you are in search of.

These guidelines will provide you with the correct etiquette to leaving a job and therefore enhancing your success in the future.

Do not rush in to it; make sure you have made up your mind. The key to considerate resignation is communication. If there are certain things that you are not happy with, talk to your employer and see if adjustments can be made. Once you have pursued all avenues for advancement and you are still not happy, then is the time to hand in your notice.

Notice Periods

The fundamental approach to an amicable resignation is to give your employers ample notice of your intention to leave. The notice period is usually stated in your employment contract but if none is stipulated, then one week would be the absolute minimum. Try to leave written notes of routines, likes/ dislikes of the children, contact details of children’s friends etc,, doing so will provide a smooth handover.

Verbal Resignation

Make sure to give reasons for your resignation but whilst doing so, highlight the positives of the job and the skills you have gained from it for which you are grateful. You never know how useful these employers could be to your future success. Be strong – stick to your decision no matter what the employer’s reaction. Some may have been expecting it but for others it could come as a complete surprise.

The aim is to be positive and leave the position in the best way possible. People remember the first and last impression you make on them.

Written Resignation

A letter allows you to prepare for what you are going to say, giving you greater control of the message you want to give your employer. Try to be as concise as possible.
• State that you would like to give your notice and when this will take effect
• Give a brief explanation as to why you will be leaving the position but avoid getting personal
• Highlight the positives of being employed by them and the skills you have learnt
• Thank them and wish them all the best for the future


As an employee you are entitled to certain redundancy rights. Click on the link below for useful information regarding your right to consultancy, notice periods, redundancy pay and what to do if these rights are denied.

Statutory Sick Pay

Statutory Maternity Pay

Nanny Tax