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Episode 13 – How to Resign on Good Terms

In today’s episode, we’re going to discuss the how to resign and the infamous resignation letters! 

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Congratulations! You’ve decided to quit your job. What can be an exciting time can also be scary as know you need to tell the world that you’re leaving. 

As excited as you may be, you also need to be professional as possible as you want to leave on good terms. So how do you tell your boss you’re leaving and still leave on a positive note?


Follow these steps for making the perfect exit. 


Note, this episode is all about resigning once you know for sure you want to leave, i.e. you’ve already weighed out all your options and you are ready to change. There is nothing worse than giving your notice and then saying, Just kidding!

Give Ample Time

OK, first things first, you need to ensure that you give adequate notice whenever is possible. Unless some other firm has poached you and said I need you to start Next Monday, there really shouldn’t be a reason for you not to give at least 2 weeks’ time. 


When I left my firm, I actually gave 2 months. I was leaving to grow my business so I had more flexibility but it was important for me to leave on good terms.

Now you have no obligation to stay longer than 2 weeks if asked, but just keep in mind what kind of job you do and what time of year it is. 

For example, to quit during busy season with short notice may not go well. Same thing if you are mid-way through a project and are leading key deliverables. 

Plan your exit so that it works for everyone.


Make Your Plan

You also need to make your exit plan. When you’re leaving, most likely you are going to have to do some kind of knowledge transfer and/or figure out who is going to take over for the things your responsible for.


Have a plan in place before speaking to your boss.For example, I led a couple of projects when I left the firm. When I talked to my boss, I knew that it was going to be a hard hit as I was responsible for a lot of projects.


Since I wanted to make it easier on everyone, I made a list of everything I did and who I thought it should best be transferred to.

Talk to your Partner

Once you know your timeframe and have a plan for your workload, it’s time to talk to your Partner! It may be the scariest thing you have to do but this is the moment you’ve been waiting for! 

You don’t have to say much more than you are leaving, however, if you have a good relationship, you may want to add what you have liked about working there or for them and that it’s just time to move on. 

Avoid any negativity as there is no point. You’re leaving and all that’s going to do is make people upset. Remember, you want to leave on good terms. 

In this conversation, you should work through how much time you can give or when you need your last day to be, ask who else you need to talk to, and who you should transfer your work to – basically anything that you’ll need to work out to leave.

Write the resignation Letter

Even though you already talked to your boss, you still need to officially send an email stating you’re leaving. This will probably be forward to HR or another Partner so be straight to the point. 

So, what should be included?

First, you need to state the obvious. You need to state that you are leaving. The next thing you want to say is the date of your official last day. I would also add in the things you are grateful for from your time there and even highlight a few things. 

Since you’ve already talked to your boss, now is the time to reiterate what you talked about regarding who is taking over your work or who you need to train. 


Lastly, close out the letter by sending warm wishes and listing your personal contact information. 

Even though you’re sending this after you talk to your boss, I suggest writing the bulk of it ahead of time. This will make it easy to quickly send a recap of your conversation after your talk. 

Note, resignation letters aren’t just for resigning. Yes, you need to send one to your boss if you are leaving, however, if you are serious about quitting and changing careers, I suggest writing a resignation letter in advance can help make quitting a real thing. 


For more information on why I think that is so important, see episode #12.

And just to add one quick note, even though I talk all about what you need to do before and the day you quit, you still need to maintain face and still need to do a good job until the day you leave. Don’t slack off; still maintain professionalism and maintain your quality of work. 


Again congratulations! And good luck in your next adventure!

See you next week!

Stay inspired and live powerfully. 

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