The final order of business involves resigning from your current employer. This can a very emotional event, and you must prepare for resignation much in the same way as for an interview.

There are two basic parts to a resignation. The first part involves writing a resignation letter. This should be a one-page document informing the company of your intention to resign your present position, your appreciation for your tenure at the company, and your expected date of departure. A sample letter can be found below.

The other aspect of resignation is the physical exit interview. It is essential to provide a positive and clear understanding of your intention to leave the company. Your superiors have likely been caught off guard, so make every effort to maintain a good relationship with them. You never know who your boss will be in the future or when you will need a letter of recommendation. Burning your bridges by means of “setting the record straight” or airing your frustrations has never accomplished its intended goal.

Resignations are best done by asking your superior for some time at the end of the day to discuss something personal. Approaching your superior at a specific time shows professional courtesy. At that time, present your resignation letter. Acting in a confident manner will let your superior know that you are serious and not merely pressuring for a raise or promotion or both. You are not required to reveal the name of the new company or the contents of your offer package. Those are personal items, and you are perfectly within your rights withhold that information. Remain calm and be very complimentary of your superiors and their operation. They will likely pressure you to reveal your specific reasons for leaving. It is best to focus on the general elements of the new job opportunity and not what is lacking in your current position.

Working out your termination notice is sometimes awkward and difficult. Make the most of it by relating positive comments to co-workers, performing your job effectively, and enhancing close friendships in the company.

When it is all over, it is time to celebrate! The long road to job transition has come to an end. Make sure that you treat key friends or family members involved in the process to a well-deserved meal or special outing. Your job search has affected their lives as well.