Your career shouldn’t wait. The last year has put a lot of job-movement on hold, and as we push into Spring, here at Benchmark we know many talented people are turning a passive job search into an active one. We are here to help.
We urge all candidates to look at their future, and we know last year a lot of you delayed or stopped looking for a new job. If you have delayed moving to a new opportunity, we suggest you reconsider. With professional unemployment below 4%, employers are eagerly looking for top talent.
Resigning from a job is not easy. In the age of remote teams, it is even harder. Resigning from a role seems deeply personal, and it’s nerve-wracking trying to plan and time how and when you’re going to approach your leader to actually resign. Doing it virtually can feel impersonal, unprofessional, and frankly strange.
How you get around this and look ahead with clarity and purpose is to consider the entire process as an exercise in respect. The respect you owe your company for the opportunity they’ve given you, and the respect you deserve giving them your time, effort, and labor.
Doing all of the above remotely, or at least starting the process remotely does not mean you can use the screen to avoid having hard conversations. If anything, making your resignation respectful in a COVID-secure environment means you have to consider more stages to the process.
Gone are the days of stopping by your boss’s office with a handwritten letter in hand and asking for a meeting.
Professionalism is key
Start by requesting a formal meeting
Prepare your formal resignation letter
Explain the reasons for your leaving
A final note for employees looking to use moving jobs as a bargaining chip to secure a better position or salary - there are far more effective ways of doing this.
One of our recruiters would be happy to help you prepare for these conversations to maximize your efforts. At Benchmark Search, we are more than a recruiting firm. We want to be part of the employment journey and our relationships start in a multitude of ways.
If you’re leaving a job, our advice is to treat your employers how you want to be treated. Look to leave with dignity and handle the process with respect.
Troy Ashby is the founder and president of Benchmark Search, a Dallas-based firm specializing in direct hire recruiting, executive search, and temporary staffing for accounting and finance professionals. With more than 15 years of professional service experience, including more than a decade with one of the nation’s largest recruiting firms, Ashby established Benchmark Search on the bedrock belief that exceptional people, progressive culture, and an unrelenting devotion to serving clients is the formula for developing deep and transformational relationships. BenchmarkSearchGroup.com.
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Benchmark Search Group was founded by a CPA with prior experience in Big 4 public accounting, executive search, and a leader for one of the largest finance and accounting staffing firms in the United States.
With more than 30 years of recruiting and professional services experience, our firm was created with a focus on quality first and making a positive impact for our clients, candidates, and the Dallas - Fort Worth communities.
As a trusted advisor, we believe in establishing and continuing genuine relationships which empowers professionals to further their careers. Our commitment to excellence and integrity, combined with resilience allows our clients to focus on their business while we provide them with highly skilled employees.
Benchmark Search Group specializes in direct hire recruiting, executive search, and temporary staffing for accounting and finance professionals.