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How To Resign From Your Current Job
If you’re reading this the chances are that you’ve secured a new role so congratulations! However, there’s one more big hurdle to jump - that’s handing in your notice to your current boss. It’s often more nerve-wracking than interviewing. We have supported many thousands of candidates through doing this so we’ve put together this guide.
Hand in your notice with confidence
Review your contract to confirm your notice period and work out your final day of employment with your current business.
Check your contract or any other work agreements to see if you need to pay back study support for professional qualifications you’ve been supported with (talk to us if you’re unsure what this might mean).
Work out your remaining holiday balance. Some businesses will pay you for this or ask that you take it as part of your notice.
Tips for Handing in Notice
Now that’s all done, you can focus on handing in your notice. The first thing to do is to draft a letter or email. The business will need a copy of your notice in writing so having this ready to go is always helpful.
In almost all cases, it’s best to hand your notice in in person, however, in a world with remote and hybrid working, this isn’t always possible. Once you are ready, message your manager first thing asking them for some time in person or on a teams/zoom call. Once you’re on the call, try and get straight to the point. Thank them for their support and agree a finishing date. Whilst sometimes difficult, the process of “ripping the plaster off” is often the best.
Send them your email or hand them your letter straight after the meeting and ask for this to be recognised in writing.
Dealing with Counter Offers
Leaving Your Job Gracefully: Tips for a Positive Exit
Agree an action plan with your manager
Communicate with your key stakeholders to inform them (internal and external)
Build a detailed handover with key information for your team and potential successor
Support where possible in hiring your successor (register this vacancy with us)
Say thank you to the people who have helped you during your time with the business (sounds small but it’s one of the most lasting and powerful things people do)
Stay in regular contact with the business you are moving to (try and go to meet them at least once during your notice)
Get excited for your new challenge!
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Your CV is a Sales Pitch – The Goal is to get an Interview
Your CV is the first and most important tool to ensure you secure an interview. Like it or not, it’s a sales pitch to a prospective employer. It must sell you in an attractive and professional manner.
Content for your CV
Section 1 - Personal details
Section 2 - Education
Start with your most recent first, even if you're only part-qualified. Stipulate when you intend to take your next stage of exams. In addition:
- GCSEs - detail your grades (not subjects).
- A-Levels - detail of subjects and specific grades (otherwise the reader will assume your grades were poor).
- Add in T Levels, BTEC and HND, if appropriate.
- Degree - detail classification of degree, where you studied and the course.
Section 3 - Experience
For all the different businesses you have worked for - ensure that there is a description of what the company does, its size, and who it competes with. Do not assume that the reader knows. In addition:
- Separate out different jobs within the same business - this shows progression, which is evidence that you were rated highly.
- Your past 2 jobs or last 5 years of experience to be constructed as follows:
- 3 or 4 Bullets on your MAIN RESPONSIBILITIES
- 3 or 4 Bullets on your AD-HOC PROJECT TYPE WORK - i.e the non day to day stuff!
- 4 or 5 Bullets on your KEY ACHIEVEMENTS - the experience that is unique to you - where you have had a positive impact on the performance of the business, your team etc
- Write your experience section in bullet points NOT prose - it is your responsibility to make your CV easy on the eye (i.e lots of white space) and easy for the reader/interviewer to pick out the most relevant parts.
Section 4 - Additional Info
List your computer skills, with specific packages used and your ability on those packages/applications. Add any courses you have attended or any formal training that you have received.
Section 5 - Interests
You have nothing to lose by adding in your interests. If you share something in common, it acts as an ice breaker!
And finally, some additional thoughts:
- Bespoke your CV to every job application - there will be words & phrases in the job you're applying for, that you can use in your CV to better explain your experience for this job.
- Highlight the most relevant aspects of your experience to the job you are applying for - it just ensures the reader doesn't miss something.
Ensure your CV looks professional and is laid out neatly. You will be judged by the standard of this, so ensure it creates a fantastic first impression, with a font size no smaller than 11. Do not use Times New Roman font.
You should be able to say everything necessary on no more than three sides of A4.
Only include information in your CV that can be factually verified. Expressions such as, "a good mixer" or “enthusiastic and outgoing” are best left out, and can be better conveyed face to face in an interview. Use number based facts if you can, ‘I have improved efficiency by 25%’ or ‘I have increased sales ten fold’.
When you meet a Macildowie group consultant you will get individual feedback and support to put together the best CV possible.
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