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How To Avoid A Bad Resignation

Write your resignation letter when you’re not angry.

Everyone resigns from a job at least once in their life. Whatever your reasons for resignation may be, be sure to do it right. Here, we give you tips on how you can have a smooth, and fuss-free resignation.

Be professional with your resignation letter.

Write your resignation letter when you’re not angry. Don’t turn your resignation letter into an editorial. The usual perception with resignation letters is that they’re documents disgruntled employees can use to vent their frustrations. Resigning employees usually think, “What else can the company do to me? I’m already resigning. Might as well speak my mind and tell them everything I hate about the company.” Wrong.

Here are some pointers to think about:

(1)    You’re burning bridges by lashing out on co-workers or the organization they’re still working for.

(2)    You still need to render your notice period. It would be awkward to work with people you may have treated with overflowing vitriol on your letter.

(3)    Your company’s HR may put the letter on your 201 file for your new and future employers to see.

Never render an immediate resignation.

There shouldn’t be any reason to refuse finishing your notice period. One, if you are a regular employee, your employment contract and the country’s Labor Code require you finish a thirty-day notice period. That’s legally binding, which means you may be facing legal action if you don’t have any valid reason that would exempt you from this provision. On the other hand, probationary employees may reason that they’re not yet legally bound to finish the resignation notice period. While that may be true, finishing the notice period despite being a probationary employee would be a testament to your professionalism, not to mention you’re nurturing the relationships you’ve built while being in the company.

Not finishing your notice period means there is a possibility of your company suing you for breach of contract. You will also not be entitled to your last pay check or any severance package. You can also forget getting a decent character reference from your former supervisors.

The bottom line is, if you already have a new job prospect, inform your new company that you would still need to render your notice period with your soon-to-be former employers.

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This article originally appeared on Jobstreet.com.ph. Minor edits have been implemented by the Cosmo.ph editors. Read the full story here.