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Ready to Resign from Your Job?

Posted February 18, 2019

The question of whether to resign or not is a tough decision to make.
There is so much to consider. You have to evaluate all the pros and cons of staying with your current company or leaving to take advantage of new opportunities.
However, sometimes the signs to resign from your job are hard to ignore, and the harder question is how to leave gracefully.

Signs to Resign 

Ask yourself these three questions, and if the answer to any of them is yes, then it may be time to start looking for a new job.

1. Do you have consistent negative feelings regarding your job?

It is normal to dread waking up early on Monday morning or dislike performing a certain unpleasant task. However, it isn’t usual to have strong negative feelings toward your job on a daily basis, especially if they are affecting your health (McGill).

2. Do you have to sacrifice your values at your current job?

Your values are what are most important to you. Any job that makes you give them up is probably not worth it. If your most important value is balancing work and family, then be sure to find a position that allows for that balance (McGill).

3. Are you on auto-pilot?

Are you on auto-pilot? Being challenged and having the chance to grow is what keeps you engaged. Going on auto-pilot can be dangerous, especially in the nursing profession. Finding an opportunity that allows for learning and personal growth is critical (McGill).

Be Professional

When you know the time has come to resign, do so gracefully. Talk to your manager first, and prepare a brief and professional letter of resignation.  To ensure that you are writing a professional letter of resignation, check out these examples. Make sure to give sufficient notification of your resignation. Two weeks is commonly accepted as an acceptable amount of time, but it depends on your position within the company (McGill).

Be as helpful as possible during this time. Create a timeline of tasks that need to be accomplished when you leave. If at all possible, help train your successor, since you probably know your job better than anyone else (Doyle).
Above all, show gratitude throughout the process for the opportunities your employer has given you (Doyle).

Move On

It may take a while to feel comfortable at your new job while you are constantly meeting new people and learning new skills, but give it a chance. Your new job may turn out to be an engaging opportunity that you look forward to every day.

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McGill, M. (2018). Knowing when and how to leave your job. American Nursing Today, 13 (4), 60-62.

Doyle, A. (2018, March 31). Best Resignation Letter Examples. Retrieved from