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 ask for a letter confirming the details of the employment offer in writing and have a formal written acceptance in place. It should include the terms and conditions of employment previously discussed, including salary, benefits, and start date. Address your response accepting the offer to the person who offered you the position, and include your contact information and phone number, even though it is already on file with them. Always end on a positive note saying that you are looking forward to joining the team.
After getting over the excitement of landing a new job, the fear of resigning from your current employer will quickly follow. It is always a daunting prospect - and it's crucial that you maintain a good relationship with them. Being open and honest (and positive!) 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.
Arrange a meeting with your manager as soon as possible. You will need to provide an official letter of resignation - keep this short, polite and concise, and include the notice period you will serve and any pay outstanding (including holiday pay, bonuses, and expenses or commission owing). Include when you understand you will receive this payment. Stay positive throughout this process when speaking with anyone at the company, as you'll want to keep these relationships where you can - as they will serve you well if you need references or advice in the future.