Unit 20 :
Resigning from a job




Repeat these sentences with your teacher first.

1. phenomenal(adj.)
extremely successful or special, especially in a surprising way

2. resignation(n.)
a period of time when you do not work because of illness or holidays, or because your employer has given you permission to do something else

3. branching out(phr.)
to start to do something different from what you usually do, especially in your job

4. pursuing(v.)
to follow someone or something, usually to try to catch him, her, or it

5. sorely(adv.)
extremely; very much

6. persuade(v.)
to make someone do or believe something by giving them a good reason to do it or by talking to that person and making them believe it

7. stay on(phr.)
to continue to be in a place, job, or school after the other people who were with you have left

8. transition(n.)
a change from one form or type to another, or the process by which this happens

9. seamless(adj.)
without any seams (= lines of sewing joining different pieces of cloth)

10. counting on(v.)
to be confident that you can depend on someone



Read the dialogue aloud with your teacher.



Hi Leah, do you have a minute?

Of course, Alec. What would you like to discuss?

I just wanted to let you know that I’ve decided to leave my current position. You’ve been a phenomenal boss, and I value my time here, but I’ve decided to submit my resignation.

Oh, I’m so sorry to hear that. May I ask why you’re leaving?

Well, as you know, I’ve been interested in branching out and pursuing a career in marketing for some time, and I’ve finally decided to take the leap and make a career change.

I see. Your presence will be sorely missed. Is there anything I can do to persuade you to stay?

Unfortunately, I’ve already accepted the job. But, I am more than willing to stay on until the end of the month to ensure that the transition is seamless.

Thanks for offering, Alec. I’ll be counting on you for your assistance.

No problem, Leah. It’s been a pleasure working with you.



Read the article with your teacher.

Rules for resignation

With the average American job tenure lasting 4.2 years, it’s expected most of us will part ways with an employer 10 or more times during our career. How you exit says a lot about you and can play a big role in securing references and networking opportunities for future jobs. Here are two tips for helping you leave a lasting positive impression when you resign.

Resign to the right person

It is tempting to tell your co-workers first that you are leaving to gain support. However, for the rest of your career, potential employers are more likely to want to speak with a former manager than a former co-worker. It is both a sign of respect and display of business savvy that you speak to the person who hired you first when you have decided to leave.

Give a reasonable notice and remain productive

Asking your new employer for a few extra days so that you can honor a two week exit commitment. Be productive during this notice period unless you want to be remembered as a negative distraction.




Answer the following questions to your teacher.

1.How do you ask for a day off?

2.What is the best excuse to miss work?


Let’s practice

Choose the correct answer.

1. The editor is ____ and constantly illuminating.


2.Instead of working for other people, she decides to ____ on her own.

A.branch out
B.leap out
C.resign from
D.stay on

3.Her boss persuaded her_____ staying on unit next week.

4. To ensure a smooth and ____ career ____, you should first tell people who count ____ you in work. 

ceaseless / transition / on / in /seamless / transaction