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ReadySet HIRED! is an online monthly newsletter which features advice, guidance, and answers for individuals who are actively searching in the marketplace for employment.
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Message from the Editor
Welcome to ReadySet HIRED! We're pleased to announce the launch of our new interactive website www.readysethired.com, designed to take you step by step through the job search process, from getting started right through to beginning your new job. With 10 easy steps, 50 different actions and dozens of downloadable resources including checklists, worksheets and an e-book, the ReadySet HIRED! website provides you with everything you will need to manage a successful job search.

In last month's newsletter, you read about how Lois and Peter each negotiated their job offer. This month, we’ll see how Peter resigns from his job. There's a lot to be learned from his strengths and setbacks, so come along on his way to getting ReadySet HIRED!
My Coaching
At the end of your resignation conversation, present your employer with an official letter of resignation. Keep it professional and concise, and don't feel compelled to communicate all the reasons you're leaving. Under no circumstances should you say anything derogatory or controversial. Simply indicate your notice period and your commitment to fulfill your current obligations before moving on. Also express your thanks for the experience and learning opportunity you had at the company and any other positive comments you can come up with.
Before resigning, Peter tells his colleague Joe about the great offer he accepted. Joe is quite disappointed at the prospect of Peter leaving the company. This prompts him to offer Peter a sales position in his own department. Since the current manager is transferring to another region in less than three months, this opportunitiy will definitely lead Peter to the management position he's been hoping for. Provided Peter's current boss supports the internal move, Joe is ready to bring him on board right away.

Peter is grateful that Joe is reaching out like this. However, he has already accepted the offer at the other company. Furthermore, Joe has known for months that Peter was looking for a new opportunity, and could have made this proposition earlier. It's not that Peter doesn't trust Joe, he just sees this "too little too late" move as a kind of desperate act, and wonders why he wasn't approached about this job before. So, he graciously declines Joe's offer.

Peter then asks his manager for a meeting. He simply states that he will be leaving his current job in two weeks. Peter also thanks his boss, and expresses his gratitude for the many years of learning and success he's had at the company. A simple letter indicates his effective last day. His boss, though sad to see him go, wishes him well in his future endeavors.

In our upcoming newsletters, we'll continue to follow Lois and Peter throughout their job search. Maybe you'll recognize yourself in one of them, and maybe you'll learn something along the way. For more tips to help you with your job search, visit www.readysethired.com.

Walk the Talk 2008
When: Wednesday Nov. 12th, 3-6 pm
Where: Steam Whistle Brewery
Who: Employees, Enterpreneurs, decision makers, HR Professionals, and anyone looking to improve workplace satisfaction, improve rentation and tap into the employee mindset.

Join this expert-driven interactive discussion where we'll explore the big issues facing employers and employees today.

Topics include:

  • Leadership and walking the talk
  • How do employees define the ideal workplace?
  • What are employees looking for in an employer today?
  • What will a 'career' and 'workplace' look like in 10 years?
  • Finding the employee employer value exchange
  • The changing global workplace

Click Here to read more and register to attend the event!
5 Resigning Actions
Here’s a summary of the five ReadySet HIRED! negotiating actions. Click Here for more detailed descriptions of these resigning actions on our website.

Make a transition plan
There are many things you have to sort out when you resign. So before you make any sudden moves, create a transition plan for yourself. Write down all the things you need to get in order before you announce that you're leaving.

Know what to say
Before any sweeping broadcasts are made about your resignation, be sure to have a conversation with the right person/ people first. Determine who these people should be, and have the conversation in person, not via email or voice mail.

Know how to handle a counter offer
If your company wants to retain you, it's not unreasonable for them to extend a counter offer when you announce your resignation. The counter offer may be tempting, but consider this - you've already made the psychological break from the company.
  Prepare to be walked out
Even if you are on good terms with your employer and have done all the right things, including giving adequate notice, be prepared to walk out the day you resign. Rather, prepare to BE walked out.

Transition your work
You may have already mentally separated yourself from your work, but now's not the time to slack off or leave your employer in the lurch. Maintain a good work ethic and work to finish any outstanding projects.
Top 10 Resigning Mistakes
  • Write up a report or instructions for your replacement.
  • Offer to be involved in the transition/ training process (within reason).
  • Don't overextend yourself or make promises you won't be able to keep.
  • Don't slack off; remain productive and helpful until your last day.
"A good plan is like a road map: it shows the final destination and usually the best way to get there."
-H. Stanley Judd

"Start out with an ideal and end up with a deal."
-Karl Albrecht

"Never write a letter while you are angry."
-Chinese Proverb

"Stay committed to your decisions, but stay flexible in your approach."
-Tom Robins
ReadySet HIRED! values your opinion. Take part in this week's poll!
How do you feel about resigning
from a job?
Click Here for October's Poll Results.
How do you feel about negotiating a job offer?
I dread it. 20.74%
It's just something that needs to be done. 54.07%
I enjoy the process. 25.19%
Questions and Feedback
ReadySet HIRED! welcomes your feedback!

If you have questions/comments, or topics you'd like us to touch upon in this newsletter, please email us at newsletter@readysethired.com.

We look forward to working with you!