Your personal brand is the first thing at risk with an inevitable resignation.
1. Let know of your resignation in advance.
Take minimum of 15 days to prepare your leave: it’s a good margin of time to deliver your pending tasks. It’s never polite to just quit and no longer present yourself to work.
2. Give the news personally and in the correct order.
Your boss must be the first person to know of your decision and you must communicate it in a personal way.
3. Accept the exit interview.
It is very likely that HR will offer you an interview to find out your reasons, as well as for settling payment issues, the return of equipment and passwords and the delegation of tasks.
4. Be educated.
If you didn’t like your job, your co-workers, your boss or the company, you may be tempted to vent: it is not recommended to do so, this could affect your personal brand more than anything else.
5. Share tips to improve.
Keep your focus on the suggestions for the future rather than on the criticisms and complaints about past events. For example, if you leave work because you were never offered a promotion, try to recommend that the company considers the creation of more professional growth opportunities.
6. On your last day, leave politely.
Take the time to say goodbye to all your colleagues. You never know when and where future opportunities will present: avoid saying negative things about your company or your co-workers in the future, because this could come back at you and make you look bad.