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Sorry you resigned?

So the deed is done.   Your resignation letter is in your boss's hands, and you are wondering whether you made the right decision.

In fact, you are now pretty sure that you have made a mistake, but withdrawing doesn't seem possible either. What to do?

Whatever you are going to do, do it quickly, but do take a moment to think it through.   First of all, this is not a counter offer situation, you just simply know you don't want to leave.  So its not a negotiation, its a discussion.

There is a school of thought that believes once you have made a decision you need to stick to it at all costs.  Some rather dreadful events have happened as a result of this kind of thinking.   I believe that not all first decisions are good, and admitting that you have changed your mind can be a mature decision.  

If you do it too often, though, it will definitely be viewed as indecisiveness.

Draw up a list of reasons you resigned, and reasons you want to stay, and evaluate carefully.   Then, if you are absolutely sure, set up an appointment with either your line manager or HR, and tell the simple truth "I have changed my mind".

Sadly, they might have already replaced you or re-engineered your section to manage without you.  There might also be financial reasons not to accept you back into the fold.

If they say Yes, inform the company you were going to.   Be honest and apologise for inconveniencing them.

If they say No, ask why so that you learn from the experience.   Exit interviews often only cover the leaving employee's viewpoint, and this is a good chance to find out the company's view of you.

Luckily for you, you already have another career option, so you can leave with your head held high, having grown from the experience.



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