Five ways to resign gracefully

Putting in your papers can sometimes be nerve-wracking. The guilt of leaving a company you’ve been associated with and fear of how the senior management will react, can be overwhelming. However, serving notice can be a breeze with the right attitude, and you can ensure your resignation is smooth and professional. ET tells you how to make a graceful exit.


1. Plan Ahead

Minimise the impact of your departure by wrapping up incomplete tasks and finishing ongoing projects. “Quitting at a critical stage in a project or in a phase where your need is high will be perceived as leaving in an unprofessional manner”, says Rishi Das, CEO of HirePro.Use the notice period to address pending requirements.

2. Keep It Cordial

Keep the dialogue with your reporting manager open and honest, says Das. “Outline your reasons for leaving in a sensitive manner and don’t make any personal accusations.” Treat a counter offer with respect. “Maintain decorum because your resignation will reflect your future relations with the company,” says Joseph Devasia, managing director of Antal International, India.

3. Write it Right

The resignation letter should be sent after speaking to your senior. Keep it crisp, polite, and professional. “Mention a specific last day of work to make the process easier,” recommends Devasia. “Choose the right words to communicate concerns and clarifications,” says Das.

4. Don’t Brag

Boasting to colleagues about the great new place you’re joining will leave behind a negative impression, says Das. “If your departure is imminent, resist the urge to show off, and steer clear of talking down to your company and colleagues.”

5. Leave Doors Open

Any employee who makes a graceful exit and minimises the impact of departure will always keep doors open for return, feels Das. “Stay in touch with excolleagues over social media and in person to the extent possible,” he says. “During the exit interview, mention that you are open to exploring opportunities in the future with the organisation,” says Devasia.

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Founded in 1993, Antal International is a global Executive Recruitment firm with 120 offices in more than 30 countries We work with professional and managerial talent worldwide. works with many of the world’s most successful and ambitious employers. In January 2007 Antal International established the first office in India, which led to the opening of 38 offices in 14 cities. In 2013, Antal named Joseph Devasia as its Managing Director for Antal International Network, India – the man who brought Antal to India 9 years ago. Antal India today has 100+ consultants working across offices in India filling more than 3000 assignments at the mid – senior level. Antal India today has offices specialising in various industries like FMCG/CD, Ecommerce, IT, Pharma, Auto, Engineering, Manufacturing, Real Estate, Construction, Retail, Oil & Gas, Aerospace, Defence. Clients: Over the past 22 years, Antal has worked with over several thousand clients making 60,000 placements. Antal extensive network of offices and deep market expertise is what sets Antal apart from its competitors. To know more about us –

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