There are those lucky few who find their dream job and dream company and remain with their employer for life, but in this day and age, resigning from a job to move on to a more desirable position is a choice most job seekers eventually make.
Healthcare jobs are very competitive and provide a wealth of opportunities and skill advancement, but it is also important to remember it can be a small community, and you do not want to burn bridges. As you move forward in your healthcare or medical career, keep in mind the need for positive personal and professional references. For this reason, HealthCare Scouts has compiled effective ways on “How to Resign from a Job”.
First be sure that resigning is the best solution. Everyone gets frustrated at work, but don’t leave because you are angry. Make sure that leaving your present job for a new opportunity is the outcome you want, not an act of anger.
A face to face resignation is best. First, you should meet with your direct supervisor to let them know that you are resigning. It may be tempting in this electronic age to do something less personal and less stressful, like sending an e-mail, but you owe it to your employer to do this in-person. Next, follow up your verbal resignation with a formal written resignation (an e-mail would suffice as a follow up).
You should give at least two weeks’ notice. The more notice you can provide your current employer, the better. You are a valued employee, so replacing your position will be difficult. Value the effort of your supervisor and coworkers by assisting them in helping to fill you position and providing guidance as to how your replacement can make a smooth transition.
Be prepared for emotion from your supervisor and your coworkers about your resignation. You are a valued member of the team, and your leaving will be difficult to take. Your work may fall onto your coworkers and your supervisor. Others in the organization may also take your leaving personally. But, if the reaction you receive over your resignation is extremely harsh, that is a poor reflection on the others around you, not you.
Be honest in your exit interview. If you are asked to give reasons for your leaving, being honest can actually help your now former employer to make positive adjustments within the organization. Unless you feel that telling the truth about poor working conditions could burn bridges and hurt your references, let them know how they can do better as a company.
Stay engaged through your resignation period. Be helpful to your supervisors and coworkers as they transition to life without you. It’s tempting to start caring about the future and less about the present, but being helpful in the last few weeks with the company will help you to keep strong ties with coworkers who can be valuable references moving forward. You never know who your future supervisor could be!
For more information on the best way to resign from your current position, contact HealthCare Scouts at 800.708.0605.