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How to handle your resignation
Watch our latest vlog where Omar Poonjani, our HR Internal Recruitment Manager shares tips that will help you leave your current employer in the best terms possible.
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How to handle your resignation
7/3/2019 2:40 PMResignations, OpinionLerato Mashego7/3/2019 2:40 PM
Network Recruitment, specialist recruitment agency

There are many reasons that can lead to your resignation, although, it's common practice amongst professionals in the workplace, there are a few aspects you need to consider before making that decision.

Watch our latest vlog as Omar Poonjani, our HR Internal Recruitment Manager shares tips that will help you leave your current employer in the best terms possible.


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Dont panic when your manager resigns
Smoothen the transition when your manager resigns by following these tips
Dont panic when your manager resigns
6/27/2017 9:25 AMResignationsLerato Mashego6/27/2017 9:44 AM
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Are you looking for an IT job, Finance job, Engineering job, or a Contracting assignment? Contact Network Recruitment, the centrIn today's workplace, it's rare to find a Java Developer, C# Developer, Mechanical Engineer or Site Agent who have stayed in the same role, let alone the same organisation, their entire career. It can be unsettling when an employee resigns, and this is sometimes even more unsettling when the exiting employee is your manager.

Change is good and if you have the ability to adapt with a positive attitude, your manager's resignation may not be a nerve-wrecking experience. When your manager resigns, you need to remember that he or she is a professional who also wants to improve their career.  

If you have worked with your manager for a long period, it could mean that you have built a great working relationship with him or her. As a result, you may take your manager's resignation personally.

Instead of being riddled in a cycle of rumours surrounding your manager's resignation, refrain from gossip and consider going straight to the source. The answer could shed some light regarding his or her resignation.

Remember that any decision your manager makes regarding his or her career is not personal and is not a reflection of your working relationship. Rather, support your manager and share your excitement for their new chapter. 

Although this change can be rattling, this is a perfect opportunity for you to shine. Ask your manager about your performance. Furthermore, you can also inquire about what she or he thinks the team needs from its next manager, and where you can position yourself to assist in filling those needs.

Ensure that your manager gives you a good handover. Whether you will succeed your manager or simply assist your manager's successor to settle in, acquire as much information as possible from your exiting manager. Receiving practical assistance from your exiting manager can help smoothen the transition within your team.

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Work your notice like a winner
Tips to ensure that you work your notice period like a champion
Work your notice like a winner
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6/22/2017 8:57 AMResignationsLerato Mashego6/22/2017 11:11 AM
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Leaving your current job for another is a common practice amongst professionals in the workplace. Irrespective of your reasons for leaving your current job, you need to ensure that you serve your notice period like a winner.

Your notice period is an important aspect of your working life when you are about to embark on a new professional path. While it can range from two weeks to three months, your conduct during this transitional period is what will set you apart from all the other ex-employees. It is your last chance to leave an enduring positive impression on your superiors and colleagues.

Here are some tips on how to serve your notice period like a winner:

Maintain your daily routine

Stay focused until the end! Once your resignation has been accepted, most professionals may start feeling disengaged or detached from their job. It's vital to remember that your reputation/ personal brand is at stake. Whether you choose to leave a good or bad impression depends on how you behave while serving your notice period. Furthermore, your employer will expect you to fulfil your duties until the day of your departure, as you remain an employee of the organisation until then.

Hand over your responsibilities

It may be easy to disregard projects on your way out. However, leave the organisation on a good note by sharing details with the individual who will be handling your duties after your departure. If you're a professional who manages a team and has clients, suppliers or customers, it's important to inform them about your resignation. Not only is handing over your responsibilities common courtesy, it also ensures that your employer doesn't suffer in your absence.

Ask for references

This is the perfect time to speak to managers or colleagues and ask them to write reference letters for you. These letters serve as long-term investments that confirm your positive attributes in the period during which you were employed.

Be respectful to your employer

Resist the temptation to speak ill about your manager or the organisation to your colleagues as this will ruin your reputation. Don't be negative and try to bring the team down during this period. Always choose the moral high ground.

To work your notice period like a winner, remember to maintain the highest level of professionalism. Keeping these points in mind will help you to make the most of your notice period.

Are you looking for an IT jobFinance jobEngineering job, or a Contracting assignment? Contact Network Recruitment, the centre of recruitment excellence.

Resigning soon Be prepared
What you can expect when you hand in your resignation letter
Resigning soon Be prepared
6/20/2017 9:30 AMResignationsLerato Mashego6/20/2017 9:41 AM
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resigning.jpgYou've thought long and hard about moving on to new opportunities and have already submitted your letter of resignation. After delivering the news to your colleagues some may be happy with your career move, whilst others may be disappointed.

While you may be excited about your future career and feel ready to end your notice period like a winner, unexpected things can happen once you have officially resigned.

Your manager may not think you're making the right move
Your manager may be caught off-guard by your resignation and you should be prepared to answer questions regarding your new role. "Your boss will likely ask where you are going, what you'll be doing at your next job, and what made you want to leave your current position," says Amanda Slavin, founder of CatalystCreativ. He or she may mention that you might not ready for such a role or imply that you might not be the correct cultural fit. Listen with grace, don't panic and tell your manager that you appreciate his / her concern.

A counter offer might be coming your way
Counter offers are a reality in today's job market. Employers have realised that it's much cheaper and more convenient to make a counter offer to an employee than to find a replacement. Be prepared for a counter offer and know what your response will be.

Your manager or co-workers might take your resignation personally
You may find that your manager or co-workers take your resignation personally. For example, you might notice that you stop receiving invitations from the group you once had lunch with every day. As hurtful as this may be, don't let their reaction bring you down - rather spend time with those who support your move.

A sudden expression of gratitude
You may start receiving e-mails from your co-workers expressing their sadness at your departure and wishing you luck in your future endeavours. Others may congratulate you on successful projects which you worked on in the past. Take the time to show appreciation for their kind words and respond to all those who reached out to you.

During your last couple of weeks, do the best that you can to make most out of your notice period. Keep working hard and be as engaged as you were when you first landed the role.

Looking for an IT job, Finance job or, Engineering job? Contact Network Recruitment, for all your specialist recruitment needs. Click here to APPLY.   

Thoughts about what to include in your resignation letter
Stand in good stead with your employer by including the right information in your letter of resignation
Thoughts about what to include in your resignation letter
6/13/2017 8:37 AMResignationsLerato Mashego6/13/2017 9:07 AM
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resignation.jpgThe expression "how you exit is how you enter" holds true when considering how to draft your letter of resignation.  Network Recruitment strongly recommends that you carefully consider what you say in your letter as it may very well influence your future.  

This blog aims to provide information and advice to help you formulate a well-written resignation letter.

Firstly, before you start writing your letter of resignation, it is essential to be sure of your notice period. Be respectful to your current employer and leave enough time for them to find a suitable replacement and transfer your responsibilities accordingly. Submit your resignation letter on time and to the correct individual.

Include the following information in your resignation letter:

  • Your name

  • The date

  • The role you are resigning from

  • The name of the person you are addressing the letter to

  • The effective date of your resignation

  • Your signature

Your resignation letter should be approached professionally. It is not an outlet to voice your frustrations - keep it positive and gracious. You can express any unhappiness you may feel in your exit interview. Ensure that the letter clearly states that you are resigning and that you provide your employer with the correct date of your last working day.

Although you are under no obligation to include specific details about where you are going and why you are choosing to leave the company, you may wish to briefly mention why you are leaving, for example, your family is relocating to another province. In addition, highlight the positive experiences of working with the company and thank your manager for helping you to reach your potential. Express your best wishes for the company's future endeavours.

Your letter should also include some transition details to ensure that none of your projects are left unattended. This ensures that your exit from the organisation is as stress-free as possible. If you are leaving during a specific project, be clear about what still needs to be done by whom and by when.

Provide your contact details for future enquiries should the organisation need to contact you.  You may also want to consider providing guidance and support to your replacement.

Engaging in this type of behaviour indicates to your employer that you are professional and dedicated to the organisation, and will stand you in good stead throughout your career

Looking for an IT job, Finance job or, Engineering job? Contact Network Recruitment, for all your specialist recruitment needs. Click here to APPLY.   

The importance of a resignation letter
Resigning? Here's why you need a resignation letter
The importance of a resignation letter
6/8/2017 10:06 AMResignationsLerato Mashego6/8/2017 10:30 AM
resignation letter, Network Recruitment, specialist recruiter

resignation letter.jpgEveryone resigns from time to time as it forms part of one's career move in climbing up the career ladder.  Once you have decided it's time to move on to another career opportunity and have overcome your resignation fears, Network Recruitment's specialist recruiters will advise any job seeker to always leave their current employer on good terms.

While it may seem old-fashioned, the correct way to notify your current employer of your departure is by means of a resignation letter.  By maintaining a professional tone, the letter will ensure that you leave your relationship with your employer with grace and decorum.

Irrespective of your verbal resignation, we believe that a letter not only makes you more courteous and professional, it speaks volumes about your character.  It makes your intention to leave clear and notifies the employer of your last day.  Furthermore, it indicates that you are a responsible professional when you are applying for future career opportunities. 

Resigning can be a difficult process especially when you respect and love your current employer and the people you work with. From our specialist recruiter's perspective, leaving without providing a resignation letter is unprofessional and might be interpreted as disrespected.

Since you are terminating a formal contract, the letter is to create a paper trail documenting your exit that will be stored in your employee record and will be considered by Human Resource to recruit a replacement for your role.  It also assist in formally commencing the process of your final salary and other benefits that need to be given to you.

You may include your reasons for leaving, however, it is up to you as to how much detail you want to include.  Whether you are sad about your departure from your current employer or can't wait to leave, your resignation is a key career tool.

Looking for an IT job, Finance job or, Engineering job? Contact Network Recruitment, for all your specialist recruitment needs. Click here to APPLY.   

Think before quit
Before you resign, think before you draft your resignation letter
Think before quit
6/6/2017 8:27 AMResignationsLerato Mashego6/6/2017 9:36 AM
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resignations.jpgMost professionals spend their lives searching for a balance between financial wellness and workplace happiness.  When it seems like they are not getting that balance, they often opt for quitting their jobs.  Irrespective of whether you are in the IT, Finance or Engineering sector, you have to be smart about your resignation to ensure that you have provided the best pathway for your future.

Before you resign to move onwards and upwards on the career ladder, take a few minutes to ask yourself the following vital questions:

Am I financially prepared?
Ensure that you considered certain financial constraints before you resign.  In some instances, there may be a gap between your last salary with your current employer and your first salary with your new employer.  Consider saving at least two months' salary in the event that things do not work out as expected.​

What is my reason for leaving?
In order to make the right career move, you need to know why you want to leave your current job.  Identifying why you want to leave could resort to you figuring out whether or not your manager could resolve the problem.  It would also be wise to network with professionals in your industry to find out if, what you are currently experiencing, is the norm.​

Is this the right career move?
Each career move, big or small is equally important as to where you ultimately see yourself in your career.  If you are jumping from one organisation to the other and not really moving up the career ladder, perhaps you are not making the right moves for your career.  If you are confident that staying in your current role will no longer benefit your career or you sense your career aspirations have changed, then perhaps you are ready for a move.  Remember to always be truthful about what you want from your career.

Is my timing right?
If you are thinking of resigning, consider your timing very carefully.  If your organisation is in the midst of their busiest period (it could appear that you are leaving your employer stranded), or if you are about to get your bonus then be smart and hold off your resignation. Unless your potential career opportunity is making up the difference.

Will I accept a counter offer?
Asking yourself this question is vital because it will determine whether you are serious about your career move or not.  On various occasions, our specialist recruiters have witnessed candidates take counter offers and then go back into the job market a few months later. Remember, a counter offer is your employer, in a fit of panic, is enticing you to stay.  Hiring a new person costs them more money – don't do it!

What does my contract say?
Review your employment contract to see if there aren't any non-compete agreements and what your notice period is (i.e.: if it's immediate, two weeks, 30 days or one calendar month).

Lastly, never get caught up in your emotions and decide to resign earlier than you planned because you had a bad day. Figure out how you will move into your next role with professionalism and grace.

Looking for an IT job, Finance job or, Engineering job? Contact Network Recruitment, for all your specialist recruitment needs. Click here to APPLY.   

Overcoming your resignation fears
Network Recruitment offers job seekers these tips to overcome their resignations fears
Overcoming Your Resignation Fears
6/28/2016 7:18 PMResignationsLerato Mashego6/28/2016 7:20 PM
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Actively looking for a new job can be daunting – particularly if you're changing jobs because it's time to move on rather than because you dislike your job or employer. While leaving will be beneficial to your career, you can't help but feel unsure about how you're going to break the news to your boss.

This is a hurdle all job seekers need to overcome, especially if they've formed a strong bond with their manager. If you're afraid to inform your employer about a job offer, you're just prolonging the inevitable.

Putting it off will only make things worse. The longer you put it off, the more you impact your notice period. As a result, you might not be able to start your new job at the agreed upon time.

The anxiety of resigning can lead you to handle the situation incorrectly. Remember that you want to preserve your reputation and your relationship with the company you are leaving. You still need your current employer in your corner down the line. It's about making sure you don't burn bridges.

Network Recruitment offers job seekers these tips to overcome their resignations fears:

  • It's better to speak to your manager first about your intentions before you speak to your colleagues.
  • Break the news in person. Face-to-face is always better.
  • Follow up the conversation with a formal resignation letter.
  • Don't be emotional. Keep it short and consider how to communicate your reasons for leaving. Saying that you need to be challenged in a new environment is a good way of expressing your reason for leaving. Avoid inflammatory statements like "I'm burnt out and can't handle my colleagues." 
  • Discuss your resignation period and stick to it.
  • Be polite. And always say thank you.

If you're preparing to resign, remember to do so gracefully and professionally. Don't burn any bridges as the grass isn't always greener on the other side.

Are you looking for an IT jobFinance jobEngineering job, or a Contracting assignment? Contact Network Recruitment, the centre of recruitment excellence.

Employers how to survive resignations
Resignations are unavoidable, but with the right plan in place, losing talent doesn't have to negatively affect your company. The question is: How to prepare?
Employers How to Survive Resignations
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1/29/2016 3:09 PMResignationsLerato Mashego4/13/2016 3:22 PM
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 survive resignationsResignations are unavoidable, but with the right plan in place, losing talent doesn't have to negatively affect your company. The question is: How to prepare?

Get in touch with a specialist recruitment company

Recruitment agencies have a pool of talent at their disposal which can speed up the recruitment process, making it less stressful. The agency will also take on the responsibility of finding and interviewing the right candidates for your company. 

Have an effective recruitment process and timeline

Zelda Botha, Branch Manager at Network Engineering, suggests employers decide on an effective recruitment process and timelines so that, if an employee decides to leave, they have a plan in place to find a replacement quickly. "A realistic and concise process and timeline is very important because it helps with the hiring of a successor quickly," Botha adds.

Meet with candidates even if you don't hire them

Specialist recruiters will let employers know whenever they have potentially suitable candidates. Seize the moment! According to Botha, it doesn't hurt to meet with a candidate even if you don't have an opening. Often, the candidate that you met and liked will be your saving grace when you're faced with a resignation.

Have an effective mentorship programme

Organisations with effective mentorship programmes will feel the strain of a resignation less because they always have someone next in line to fill the gap. Mentorship is a good way to encourage and develop employees into future managers.

Consider hiring contract employees

If it's difficult for your company to fill vacant positions, consider hiring contractors. Independent contractors offer specialised skills and can run projects from the get-go, reducing time and training costs.

Botha says: "While resignations can be surprising, it's important to accept the resignation professionally. Look for subtle signs from your employees – people often resign emotionally before they resign physically. Stay in touch with recruitment agencies so that you know who's on the market and, if you sense an employee is going to resign, follow your instinct."

Zelda Botha is a Branch Manager at Network Recruitment

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Leaving Your Job Tips on How to Do It Right
Leaving Your Job Tips on How to Do It Right
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You've accepted a new job offer and excitement is at a peak when it dawns on you that you have to leave your current job. Suddenly, your excitement morphs into concern. How are you going to leave without tarnishing your reputation?

"Changing jobs can be one of the most apprehensive times of your adult life. It can bring about an array of emotions," states Graham Paulsen, an Executive Consultant at Network Finance.

Navigating your exit eloquently takes skill, as a wrong move could taint your reputation. You have to take a delicate approach during this period.

To leave your reputation intact, consider these tips:

  1. Finalise all of the specifics with your new employer. Make certain that you have signed the letter of employment or contract. Your specialist recruiter will make sure that you understand your benefits package and will negotiate your start date, taking into consideration your notice period.
  2. Do it in person. It is advisable to inform your manager face to face. The biggest mistake some professionals make is to resign in a mean-spirited way. Keep the conversation positive and professional.
  3. Put it in writing. Write a resignation letter, keeping it simple and to the point. Think of it as a brief 'thank you' letter, listing your appreciation for the opportunity to grow and develop under their leadership. State your last day of employment.
  4. Remain professional throughout your notice period. Taking confidential documents could possibly jeopardize your career.
  5. Ensure a smooth transition. In order to leave the company in a good place, consider having a transition plan for your unfinished projects and responsibilities. Leaving your manager overwhelmed with unfinished work will have a negative impact and may affect future references.
  6. Work harder. While serving your notice period, work as hard as you can until your last day. After all, it's the final impression you leave behind that matters most.
  7. Prepare for your exit interview. HR will conduct an exit interview with you, the purpose of which is to unearth areas where the company can improve. This is the last opportunity to give your employer constructive feedback.

Elevating your career requires strength and professionalism. Do not leave a company because you're having an 'I've had it' moment. Leave on a high note. Seek insight from your mentor. Whatever the reason, remember that everything you do impacts how people think about you. 

Graham Paulsen is an Executive Consultant at Network Recruitment.


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