Has the time come for you to leave your job?

It’s likely to happen as you grow in your career – generally after anywhere from two to six years in an accounting or finance position, especially during the early stages of your professional life.

The class and grace that you display during your resignation will help ensure an easier transition and a smooth future working relationship with your boss and colleagues, as well as keep your hard-earned reputation intact.

Work with a Recruiter

As you pursue your next opportunity, partner with a recruiter who knows and specializes in the accounting industry. Recruiters are compensated by a percentage of your base salary, paid by your prospective employer, so it’s in their best interest to help you get the maximum earnings that you deserve. They build strong, lasting relationships with both their clients and job candidates.

  • Tell your recruiter what you like and don’t like. Review the job descriptions that they will provide and if you’re interested in a particular job, let them know so they can counsel and present you to an employer.
  • Benefit from your recruiter’s contacts and market intelligence. They have their finger on who’s hiring in your field, as well as relevant current and upcoming trends and developments. Their extensive databases and professional networks are invaluable.

Depart Like a Pro

As you prepare to leave your current job, remember that your boss and colleagues are potential future contacts and references. Make your resignation a move that you can be proud of.

  • Notify your boss in person. Schedule a meeting to deliver the news. This shows respect, self-confidence and interpersonal savvy.
  • Give ample notice. While two weeks is the recognized norm, if you hold a position that requires a specialized skillset, it’s recommended to give more advanced warning. Or, if you have a business-critical project in the final stages, you should stay longer. Early in the hiring process, let your prospective employer know if you may need more time before starting. Everyone involved will appreciate it and think better of you.
  • Write a resignation letter. Do so with the utmost professionalism. Distance yourself from the heat of the moment and avoid emotionalism, though you can use a degree of warmth.
  • Don’t feel obligated to explain your reason for leaving. Barring a non-compete clause or a counteroffer situation, you need not provide details on why you’ve made your decision to resign. However, if you have a good relationship with your manager, you may want to offer constructive criticism on what the company could do to improve employee retention.
  • Keep your coworkers in the loop. Those you work closely with or have known for a long time deserve a heads up about your pending departure. When notifying people, be positive and avoid trashing your employer in any way, shape or form. Show gratitude, especially toward those who have been most instrumental in helping you grow.

The recruitment experts at Magellan Search & Staffing can work with you to find your next career growth opportunity, whether it’s a step up the accounting ladder or a transition into an exciting new professional arena. Read our related posts, visit our Job Seeker Resource Center or contact us today to learn more.