How to Hand in Your Resignation

So you are probably reading this post because you are looking to hand in your resignation. Hopefully, by this point, you have spoken to your manager about yourself being despondent toward your job and come to the conclusion you are not looking to stay. If not, we have written about this in more detail in our ultimate guide to counter offers.

It is important to hand in your notice in the correct way to maintain both your professional reputation, but in a worst case that you have continuous employment and can pay the bills!

Wait until you receive an offer for the position before you consider handing in your notice. This is to make sure that you have a secure job position before you choose to leave the current position. For help in finding new positions look at our 5 steps of job searching or contact us.


We have put together the following 3 step process to help make handing in your resignation as simple and stress-free as possible:

Step 1. 
     Let your present employer know that you now have an offer for a new job and you will be leaving. State that you are holding this meeting as a courtesy to say that you will be handing in your notice once the contract is given from your new employer to you; this is the time that you will be present to train your replacement with all the knowledge you know and that they will need.

Be aware that in this warning meeting that you are not obligated to answer any questions about your new job.


Step 2.      When you receive your contract for your new position, it is now the time to write out your resignation letter. In this resignation letter details of your understanding of your notice period and your last day working must be listed clearly to ensure that there will be no miscommunication.

We have created a resignation letter template that available to download at the bottom of this post, which you can use to help write your letter. Please do change the template to fit your criteria or vocabulary.


Step 3.      Now that is complete you should give it to your current employer as soon as you can. Hold another meeting, state this is your actual resignation, and hand over your resignation letter.

Again, you do not have to answer any questions that are asked about your new job

If successful in handing in your resignation, you will now know:

  • Your last day of work
  • Start date of your new job
  • Be on good terms with your previous employer
  • Know what commitments you have towards your old job and when they become no longer relevant to you.

Now, we wish you all the best in the future and in your new job!

If you do need any additional advice please email us at and we would be happy to offer you additional advice.