1. Write a letter
I would advise verbally handing in your notice but it should be backed up with a letter. It may be stated in your contract that notice must be in writing anyway, but it does also help you to plan what you're going to say to your manager.
2. Arrange a private meeting
It sounds obvious but don't do it when other colleagues or clients are around. Without giving away the nature of the meeting, arrange a time to talk with your manager in private. Leaving a letter or sending an email seems like to the easy option but it comes across as impersonal and runs the risk of leaving your reasons for leaving up to interpretation.
3. Be clear and concise
In both the letter you write and when you speak to your manager, explain very clearly that you're handing in your notice, explain the reasons why you're moving in to your new role (try to focus on the positives of the new role rather than the negatives of your current role), and outline the notice that you're giving them and the last day you will therefore be working.
4. Don't burn bridges
Highlight all of the positives that have come from your current position. Remember the importance of good references and keeping professional contacts.
5. Be aware of any possible counter tactics
Occasionally employers will try to match your new salary with a counter offer. It's important to remember that this money always comes from somewhere and can impact upon future pay rises, training and any other opportunities (or subsequent lack of!). In a similar way, promotions are often offered. Again it's important to think at this point, 'Why do I need to hand in my notice before I'm offered a promotion?'. In both of these cases try to focus on the real reasons for leaving a role and ask yourself whether these will genuinely be resolved by a larger salary or new title.
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