Breaking Up (With Your Employer) Is Hard, But It Doesn’t Have To Be

Breaking Up (With Your Employer) Is Hard, But It Doesn’t Have To Be

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Our Experts | Karen Damm

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Sooner or later it happens: you have been extended an offer for a new job opportunity that will advance your career professionally and/or financially, and you find yourself having to resign from your current job. As excited as you are about the future, it can also be nerve-wracking and scary to tell your current employer that you are leaving.

Typically, as soon as you turn in your resignation you have changed the dynamics of your working relationship: you have now become equals instead of employer and employee. Let’s face it, you are now perceived as a deserter, a traitor, you have gone against the family. Forget your career objectives and trying to better yourself, they will just wonder how you could do this to them.

Regardless of your feelings, you want to keep your professionalism intact and your relationship with your current employer as positive as possible.

You never know when your paths will cross again, and at the end of the day all we have is our integrity and how we conduct ourselves.

In today’s world, it may sound old school to write a resignation letter, but it is the right thing to do. Texting or emailing is not going to cut it. You need to craft a letter that is short and to the point. This is not a time to brag about your new position, or drone on about your feelings and why you are leaving, and what your employer could have done better. Keep it simple.

There are literally thousands of examples of resignation letters online that you can pull from, but you want to always, always make sure that you are giving your current employer plenty of notice (rule of thumb is a minimum of two weeks).

In addition to providing a final date, you may also want to let them know that you would be happy to assist with your job transition. This could be sharing what you are currently working on, helping to train your successor, suggesting who might be best to take over your current workload, and overall making it as easy for them as possible to carry on while they look for your replacement. In some situations, your current employer might even ask for your assistance in interviewing your replacement.

Once you hand them the letter and the word is out, you may find yourself being walked to the door. Just remember that offering to help can go a long way in how you are remembered and keep your reputation intact.

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This One Thing Will Instantly Differentiate You From Other Job Applicants

This One Thing Will Instantly Differentiate You From Other Job Applicants

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Karen Damm, Recruitment Advisor, Alliance Scientific Solutions

Karen Damm, Recruitment Advisor, Alliance Scientific Solutions

Our Experts | Karen Damm

You just hit the send key and your resume is on its way toward your next career opportunity, you’re sure to get an immediate callback, right? The hope is that the employer will read between the lines to see you are a perfect fit. But ultimately, it’s still just a resume and you’re not speaking directly to the position.

In today’s competitive job market, you really need to stand out from the thundering herd of people applying for the same positions.

Don’t ever assume that the person on the other end can read between the lines and determine that you are fit.

With that in mind here is one tip that is sure to set you apart from the rest.  It’s something I call a “profile questionnaire.” Here’s what you do:

Read through the job description and pull out all of the keywords and major requirements

Open up a new word document and take a moment to address the “when, why and how” of each requirement. Give as many details as you can about how you’re a great fit for the position.

Attach it to your resume, like a cover letter or any other supporting documents, and send it on over.

It may sound daunting at first, but if you are niched in your space you will see that most employers in your industry look for the same qualifications, which means with minimal tweaking you will be able to use this tool over and over.

This truly is your opportunity to brag about your expertise. It’s better to define everything you’ve done in detail because the one thing you leave out could be what’s most important for the position. Ignoring that one specific skill or experience could cost you the job, and especially when you’re applying to a large company that’s searching through thousands of resumes for specific keywords.

Do this, and you’ve elevated yourself to the next level. You’ve tailored your experience and made it completely relatable to the job you’re hoping to land.

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