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How to leave work - application to leave

How to notify the termination of an employment contract

You have found a new job. What now? How to go through the notice period for leaving work, how to write an application to leave and what important things not to forget during the change of job.

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If it is time to change jobs and leave your company, you need to submit an application to leave or notify your immediate supervisor of termination of employment . In Bulgaria, an "Application for termination of an employment contract" is submitted, which is submitted to the direct manager or to the Human Resources Department.

Although millions of people leave work when it is personal, we understand on our own that it is quite unpleasant to tell your boss that you are leaving the company. At such a time, it is always good to mobilize and follow the steps that will allow you to maintain good relationships with management, colleagues, meet legal deadlines and save yourself mental anguish and unpleasant experiences during and after leaving your current job. .

Until now, you have held a certain position and performed tasks that have contributed to the functioning of the company, so it is good to provide time for the company to find you a replacement. Depending on the case, you may be released immediately, for example by mutual consent, but for this to happen immediately you will need to have solid arguments or agree with your manager on the terms and conditions. By law, in Bulgaria, the time for notice to terminate an employment contract with an open-ended employment contract is one month, but it is possible that there is another notice period in your contract. Check in advance what is written in your contract with the company or in the annexes to it and then prepare your "Application to leave". If immediate release is not possible,you will have to continue to perform your duties conscientiously until the notice expires.

We recommend that you do your job with the necessary diligence and do not leave your colleagues with the impression that you are transferring some of the things to them or just waiting for the notice period to terminate the employment contract to expire. Do you know that the world is small? And even today, when almost everyone has an account in LinkedIn, your future employers can easily find their way around and can ask their colleagues or your former employer for their opinion about you. This, by the way, is not allowed, but it is difficult to prevent.

The request to leave is submitted in free text, and the one in the attached file here is by mutual consent . It is mandatory to indicate your name, position, department and the company in which you work. It is a good idea to indicate when you want to be fired from your current position. An important date is also the date on which you submitted the "Application for termination of employment" to the attention of your line manager or the department that deals with it. Try to get an incoming number or to have proof that you have presented it to the person responsible for your departure.

  • The employer has 7 days to accept the received request to leave;
  • If the application is not accepted in writing within 7 days, it is considered that it has not been accepted.

There are other legal deadlines that both the employer and the employee will have to meet, but that is not the purpose of this article. 

This is just the formal side of things.

In order to maintain human relationships and reputation in the days you will work after the notice of departure, make the following arrangements and:

- arrange all the materials you have worked with so far;
- pass on the details of your work to your deputy or colleagues as best you can;
- stay strict in compliance with the rules of the workplace;
- Try not to focus in your conversations on how the company environment has become bad. Instead, stick to the positive, such as how your need to change jobs will be good for your career;
- do not brag about what a nice place you go and how much higher salary you will receive;
- offer the employer to train a deputy or one of the colleagues on the intricacies of the job and the things you do;
- Do not "collect" research or "development" that you have done in the workplace, because they do not belong to you and can cause you trouble.

Your colleagues will appreciate this.

If you have accumulated negative experiences, do not "take revenge" by talking left and right about how bad it is in the company. Think about it, you may need to go back to work or you may need a recommendation from a colleague or supervisor.

Check what vacations you have used and how many days of paid leave you have to use more (if you have any left). Please note that the leave for the last year is calculated on the basis of the months worked before leaving. Check if there are other administrative tasks that you need to complete. For example: return tools or keys for the car or for certain rooms to which you had access.

If the company offers to do an "exit interview", do not refuse. This can be useful for you too. You can answer questions you haven't asked yourself before.

You can also write a personal letter to your manager. In it you can be more informal and thank for the opportunity that your company has provided you and the important skills that you have acquired in your joint work. There is a place if you will ask for a "recommendation" or keep the relationship. In the letter, you can address other aspects of the application for termination of the employment contract - for example: looking for a balance between work and personal life, looking for a faster career advancement, finding a job that is closer to home.

It will be good for you, and managers and colleagues to be left with the impression that you are an orderly professional and reliable person.

All advice given in the article is a recommendation and should not be taken as legal advice.

If it is necessary and you feel insecure in drawing up the documents when leaving work, it is good to consult a professional in the field and follow his professional advice.

Your good advisor can also be the Labor Code, which lists all the rights and obligations of both parties: employee and employer.