The 5-Step Method for Giving Two Weeks' Notice

The 5-Step Method for Giving Two Weeks' Notice

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Prepare What You are Going to Say (Less is More)

You don’t need to tell your boss why you’re leaving, or even where you’re planning to work once you resign. Any circumstances around your next move are your business—unless you want to share more. In fact, it’s likely better to prepare positive takeaways from your time at the company instead of brag about the new benefits or salary bump you’ve 

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Prepare What You are Going to Say (Less is More)

been offered with a new position. That being said, take some time to prepare what you’re comfortable sharing about your new role with your boss and have a story you can sell to both your boss and other coworkers about your departure.

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Create a Face-to-Face Meeting (or Video Call) With Your Boss

Now, it’s time to actually tell your boss. Make some time on their calendar for a face-to-face or video call and go over your prepared remarks. It is best to do this in-person or via video—not on the phone—so that you can gauge their reaction and emphasize your sincerity throughout this process. Once you’ve told your boss, make sure you’re both on the 

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Create a Face-to-Face Meeting (or Video Call) With Your Boss

same page regarding your official last date, how your coworkers and other colleagues will be told the information, and any other transition steps such as drafting a formal resignation letter or scheduling an exit interview.

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Prepare a Transition Plan

After speaking with your boss, you likely have a better idea of what needs to be done in your final two weeks. Take initiative to prepare this transition plan so that you are maximizing your helpfulness to the team, even until your very last day. This leaves your boss and coworkers with a strong impression of your work ethic and how you’ve chosen to 

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Prepare a Transition Plan

handle this transition. You never know when you may need a former colleague’s reference so it’s best to maintain these relationships with a solid transition plan instead of burnt bridges.

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Be Respectful to Team Members as You Share Your News

It can be tempting to gloat or convince your teammates to join you in your exit from your company but be respectful to your colleagues as you share your news. For close mentors and friends, tell them in person or via video so that they are prepared for both the loss of a close coworker and for an anticipated increase in their workload, too.

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Be Respectful to Team Members as You Share Your News

And, encourage those closest to you to stay in touch. Share your contact information so that you can maintain the relationships you’ve built and rely on them for future help if needed.  You never know when the opportunity to work with a colleague may emerge in the future and, again, it’s always best not to burn bridges.

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End on a Positive Note

Ultimately, it’s best for your final days at a company to be positive. You want your boss and former colleagues to remember you as a helpful, kind, and collaborative team member. Step up to the task of transitioning off your work and be flexible. Moreover, don’t badmouth specific team members or managers if 

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End on a Positive Note

you are asked to conduct an exit interview. While it can be fake to only focus on positives, pick and choose one or two tasks that the company as a whole can improve upon (if you feel comfortable) without singling out specific people. You want to maintain relationships and never know when you may need a reference, so it’s best to end 

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End on a Positive Note

your tenure on a high note, without saying anything you will come to regret.

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Know What to Leave Out of Your Two Weeks Notice Letter

We know how you feel about your soon-to-be former employer. Your friends know, your mom knows, and well, we all know. We have hinted at many of the things that you should avoid when writing your resignation letter, but let's quickly reiterate. Don't use your two weeks' notice letter to vent about everything you hated. If you 

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Know What to Leave Out of Your Two Weeks Notice Letter

really need to write a therapeutics fake resignation letter, do that (but do it  on paper to avoid sending it by mistake!) The trick with a two weeks' notice letter is keeping it simple. Simply notify your employer of your intention to resign, the dates associated with your resignation, and that's it. You are not obliged to give more information.

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