Your Guide To Resigning

The hardest part is every thing you do (interviews, thinking about the opportunity, doing your own research) leading up to the point when you make up your mind to accept a new role.

The easiest part when you have made up your mind is resigning. Whether you are starting out in your tax career or a senior tax executive you still may feel a little nervous at resignation time, this is normal. To help you to prepare here are some points to consider.

• Prepare your resignation letter in writing (sample below)
• Remember you have reached your decision to progress your career with careful thought and consideration • Don’t be pressured into changing your mind at a resignation meeting.
  (You may be made all sorts of promises at this time, ask yourself why has this not been offered before?)

Sample Resignation Letter

Full Name

Dear (name of person you report to , tax partner, tax manager, HR manager,)

This letter is to confirm that effective from 1st March 200X, I am resigning my position from ABC & Co as I have accepted a position with a new employer, and my last day of work will be 1st April 200X.

The experience I have gained with the firm has been excellent and my decision to leave is strictly based on the unique opportunity that I have accepted to further my professional career. I will always appreciate the time spent with the firm and its people.

I am asking you to respect my decision on both a personal and professional level. However, be assured that I will put 100% effort into transitioning my workload, so that I leave you and the firm, and its clients in the best position possible. With that in mind, I have attached a list of all the projects I am working on that need to be passed over to other colleagues over the next (notice period) weeks.

Yours sincerely

Candidates Resignation Feedback

• "All firms are alike, why go there, they don't have clients as good as ours and the partner has a bad reputation with staff" – comment from employer

("What I found was totally the opposite, the partner is excellent with his team, the client work is second to none, the team I am in is far better than the one I left, my career has progressed substantially and most importantly I am very happy. Great move, thank you very much for your professional advice")

• After all I did for the firm and all the broken promises, they put the guilt trip on me! This made me all the more determined to leave.

This is what they said in a number of meetings when I resigned: - "This is really disappointing after all the opportunities we have given you." - "This will really affect the group, now we will be really understaffed. How can you do this to them?" - "You were marked for promotion, I know we should have told you before. You have been promoted and your raise has just been approved."

• They refused to accept my resignation letter. HR were called into a meeting with us and they tried the friendly approach along with a list of promises. It all sounded tempting but I had witnessed what had happened to others who had accepted a counter offer from the firm. Within 6 months they were disillusioned again, the promises hadn't materialised and they left, but for a role that wasn't as good as the first one. Now that they realised I wasn't going to change my mind the approach became most unfriendly, that's how they rewarded me for giving them all those long hours dedicated to the job.

• The job felt right, the offer was excellent but it was the first job I had looked at. What I didn't understand was that Tax Resourcing had already screened 5 or 6 other jobs and this role matched my criteria exactly. Thank you for your professional advice and saving me the time of attending other interviews only to turn the jobs down. The first job was the right job.

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