Leaving a job


How to resign

1. First, make sure your next job is secure

If leaving for a new job elsewhere, be certain that the new role you have accepted is set in stone. Make sure your new employer has sent you a signed letter or contract detailing your pay, with a start date. Otherwise, it’s possible the new job could fall through and you will have made yourself redundant.


You may be eligible for certain rights when being made redundant, which include:

Notice period

You must be given a notice period before your employment ends. A statutory minimum exists in the UK based on how long you have been employed by your company. Check your contract – your employer may offer you more than this statutory minimum but cannot offer you less.

Career change

A career change at any time of life takes courage and consideration. Here are some key questions to ask yourself before making any big decisions. 

What are your main skills, goals, interests and strengths?

Carefully consider what you are good at and what you enjoy doing. Are you a natural leader or do you work better alone? Are you particularly good at event organisation, budgeting, sales, writing? Skills aside, ask your family and friends what they perceive to be your best qualities - they may have some great advice and ideas.