Sealing the Deal
If you want to take your career a step higher in the value chain, tendering your resignation is often an inevitable task. All bosses will have had to do the same thing themselves several times and should be able to empathize with you if you handle the situation calmly.
- Time your resignation to be considerate of the working patterns of your boss. First thing Monday morning is rarely a good time, and to resign while on holiday by shooting an email does not augur well from a professional standpoint.
- Bringing a well-prepared resignation letter to an arranged face-to-face or virtual meeting to show your resignation is an intention, not a whim.
- Explain the reasons for leaving in favorable terms and avoid personal criticism of current colleagues wherever reasonably possible
- Suppose you focus on the positives of the new role that are not available in your current position; in that case, most people will appreciate your reasons and offer you their best wishes despite their disappointment at losing you.
- Agree on a provisional departure date at the time of resignation; it can permanently be changed but sets up a framework for everyone to plan for the future.
- If you are hoping to leave before your official notice period ends, suggest targets for you to achieve that would allow them to release you earlier than contractually required.
- Read your employment contract carefully beforehand so you know your position in all areas, e.g., whether you can leave immediately (without further pay) or whether a new employer can buy you out of your current contract, enabling you to start straight away. Any restrictive covenants are also worth reading through in case they need to be discussed and settled amicably.
- In the improbable event of the meeting going sideways, retain your professionalism and conclude the discussion at the earliest opportunity. They may well need time to reflect on your decision, and such a response may further strengthen your resolve that you are doing the right thing.
The art of being Lured to Stay with Promises
- As a rule of thumb, the worst possible thing you can do tactically is walk into a meeting intending to resign and walk out agreeing to stay. If you handle the situation in that way, you will seriously tarnish the (questionable) esteem in which your current construction industry employer is currently holding you.
- If sudden promotion prospects, salary improvements, and great futures with the company appear, it is rather unlikely that they had been planned for you five minutes earlier.
- If you genuinely feel you have heard something new that may influence your decision, confirm that your resignation and provisional departure date will stand, and agree to meet again in a few days once you have had the chance to reflect on the conversation and confirm the accuracy of the new information. Are your colleagues of the same grade getting the same pay rise and promises? Have they had them already?
- Discuss your situation with your recruitment consultant. Some unscrupulous employers have a consistent track record concerning counter offers that may be worth you being aware of.
Competition Encroachment and Competitive Job Offers
Having made your decision, some current employers and less professional recruitment agencies need a little help in understanding you have made your decision and that it is final
- Once you have made your decision, let all interested parties know as soon as possible. If you are frank with them about your decision, you can reasonably expect them to archive your details without further complication.
- If a recruitment agency is reluctant to cease contact with you, you may want to write to them to formally request that they either archive your details or permanently remove them from their database.
- Be wary of unsolicited calls from unfamiliar recruitment agencies and contact from employers that you have not directly sent your CV to – especially if you know your recruitment consultant has agreed to approach them on your behalf. Professional conduct by employers in construction starts with ethical practices in dealing with people
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