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Accepting & Resigning


Accepting an offer
This is the culmination of all your efforts. You want the job and you will have discussed your current and expected remuneration package during the interview process. There should be no surprises when the offer is made. This may be made directly by the company or through your recruitment consultant. It is usual for the initial offer is to be made verbally and you should ensure that you have a full understanding of the financial and other contractual details. Now is the time to ask questions so that any potential issues can be addressed as early as possible. Following your verbal acceptance, a written offer will be sent and we advise that you do not resign until you have received and read this.


Most people find this the hardest part of the process. They do not like breaking bad news to a manager and an organisation that they will probably have worked with for some time. Resignations should be final and not part of a strategy to get a promotion or a pay rise; these tactics rarely work. You should always aim to resign face to face with your manager and should plan out carefully what you want to say in advance:
Stress the positives that you have gained from the organisation  - it will be easier if both parties feel good about the meeting.
Explain clearly and firmly your reasons for leaving at this stage. Try to avoid your current employer thinking that you can be persuaded to stay. A protracted resignation process is likely to put you through a considerable period of stress.
Banish all thoughts of vitriolic leaving speeches. The bad feeling from these will outlive any pleasure they give at the time.

You should aim to leave on a good note, who knows, you may want to come back one day. Or, you could end up back where you started via a merger or outsource deal. If you leave a bad impression, that is what you will be remembered for, it will blot out your positive contributions..
You need to agree a leaving date with your current employer and a start date with your new one. You will have a contractual notice period and there may be project commitments that you do not want to walk away from. If you are joining a competitor, your employer may want you to stop coming in to work immediately and may insist that you are on ‘gardening leave’ for the full period of your contractual notice period. Your new employer will probably want you to join as soon as possible and you should consider if you have unused holiday that you can take as part of your notice period.  Again, aim for this to be an amicable negotiation between all parties. Your recruitment consultant should be able to advise you on the best approach.


Finally – good luck in your new role!

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