The excitement of receiving a job offer can sometimes leave one forgetting to do the basics. After receiving and accepting - a verbal job offer - we urge our candidates to write up a job acceptance letter to confirm the details of employment and have a formal acceptance in place. It should include the terms and conditions of employment previously discussed, including: salary, benefits, start date. Always end on a positive note saying that you are looking forward to joining the team. Address the letter to the person who offered you the position, and include your contact information and phone number, even though it is on file with the employer.
After getting over the excitement of landing a new job, the fear of resigning from your current employment will quickly follow. It is a daunting prospect and it is important to maintain a good relationship with your previous employer. Being open and honest goes a long way at this stage, but what is most important is setting a finish date and getting that in writing and agreed by your line manager.
Write a letter of resignation. Keep this short and concise and include the notice period you will serve and any pay outstanding (including holiday pay, bonuses and expenses or commission owing) and when you understand you will receive it. Arrange a meeting with your manager as soon as possible.