What’s the best way to resign? Does it even matter?

Every job or career move that you make is another building block for your future success. So, how you leave your employer is incredibly important and must not be underestimated. A poor resignation can seriously damage the way that you are perceived.

They say that ‘branding is perception’. A badly handled resignation in turn will damage your own personal branding. In just half an hour you can create ill feeling that will stay with you for years. In short, don’t just waltz into your resignation meeting without first carefully thinking about what you are going to say and, more importantly, how you are going to say it. Expect it to be a little stressful and perhaps a bit tense, but that’s how these things are.

Keep Calm and Carry on!

Maintaining strong relationships with people you have worked for will be important for references and future networking. This is particularly apt for the close-knit real estate industry, so resigning well, regardless of your reasons, is extremely important. Do not underestimate how much damage you can cause by ‘resigning badly’. Poorly handled resignations can stay with you for many years.

Below are a few simple do’s and don’ts to consider when you’re handing in your notice.



  • Inform your employer face-to-face and present a resignation letter to them at the same time.
  • They may come in with a counter offer. So, remember your initial reasons for leaving and keep your new role at the forefront of your mind. Your employer may try to create confusion to encourage you to change your mind. If they offer you a better financial package then be careful. Don’t be fooled by the ‘financial mist’ as six months down the line you will probably regret it!
  • Do offer to help in any way you can before you leave and let them know you are willing to work your notice.
  • Give constructive criticism if you have to, but stick to the facts and keep it relevant and impersonal as to why you are leaving e.g. not enough opportunities for personal growth and career progression.
  • Remain professional and composed throughout the process.


  • Burn your bridges – you never know when you might need a favour in the future or indeed a reference. You are there to resign only, not to create enemies.
  • Let yourself get caught in a cycle of “one more thing” or “might as well finish this too.” Have an exit strategy and stick to it.
  • Post anything negative on social media about your current employer – keep your personal opinions exactly that – private!
  • Get emotional – even if you are leaving because of the person sat right in front of you! Bite your tongue, swallow your pride and find another reason to articulate your reason for leaving!
  • Negotiate terms or make any verbal agreements without writing them down.
  • Feel guilty about leaving. It may be hard to resign, but focus on the fact that you are moving on for a purpose which you have carefully thought through prior to the resignation meeting.

Resigning is never an easy task but if you do it with grace, integrity and confidence, you can leave with your head held high and your good name intact. Don’t forget that the phrase “it’s a small world” will almost certainly apply to your own industry so don’t create situations where people might talk to others in a negative way about you. Keep it friendly and professional but also keep in mind why you are resigning in the first place. In more cases than not, accepting a counter-offer ends in regret.

If you have successfully gained a new position through a recruitment process here at Summit, we can provide you with further guidance and support. For example, we offer a complimentary resignation letter template and further practical advice to make the transition into your new role as smooth as possible. We won’t hold your hand but we can certainly make the transition more comfortable and assured for you.