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Why ‘blaze of glory’ resignations aren’t a wise career move

We’ve all done it at some time or another, sat there day dreaming about how we’d love to tell the boss exactly where to stick their job – but in the real world these ‘blaze of glory’ resignations are seldom a good career move.

Occasionally, workplace relations can get so bad that the feeling of resentment overpowers employees and they hand in their resignations complete with a mouthful for the offending manager. Although this gives the rest of the office something to gossip about on their lunch break it, doesn’t do anyone any favours in the long run.

Sure, you might feel better afterwards but essentially you’ve just walked out of paid employment with no other opportunity to go to.

And if you find yourself in this situation it can be tricky to explain why you left so suddenly and cut off your only income stream to a prospective new employer.

So to retain your dignity and resign without scuppering your chances of future employment, here’s my top three tips on how to move on without damaging your career plans.

Don’t let it get this far
If you’re really that unhappy in your job, try talking to management about any issues that are causing you to be miserable and see if anything can be done to remedy the situation.

Employers hate losing good staff and will usually go out of their way to help resolve any problems. However, if they’re not willing to listen or do anything about it, then it’s time to move on.

Have another role in place
As noble as just walking out of your job might sound, how would no income coming in for a few week or months affect you? I doubt many of us would be too excited about the prospect of no money coming through the door.

Seek out new opportunities whilst your still in your current position, as this will give you the time to find a new role that’s perfect for your circumstances and career aspirations instead of just accepting the first thing that comes along.

Resign the right way
Once you’ve find your perfect new role and received your contract of employment, as much as you might want to slam your ‘I quit’ note down on their desk and storm out this won’t go down well.

Remember, you might encounter this person again during your career so it’s better just to write a basic letter or email stating that you wish to terminate your contract of employment with them in line with the terms and conditions.

If you’re still set on getting your point across, many employers offer exit interviews for departing staff so this gives you the opportunity to say your piece before moving on.

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Emma Bonfiglio

About the author, Emma Bonfiglio

Managing Director at Appointments, Emma has spent 15 years building up a stellar reputation for commercial recruitment excellence across a variety of industries and sectors. There’s no staffing challenge Emma hasn’t encountered and her insight into the recruitment landscape has assisted countless clients achieve their goals over the years.


Specialising in the legislative and procedural side of business operations and through her extensive knowledge and continual training, Emma has a wealth of legal and contractual recruitment knowledge to help advise and support organisations of any size and in any industry.