One of the most important steps in resignation process. Writing your resignation letter. Why, you ask?
- You will want the paper trail for your employment record.
- Writing one gives you the time to effectively prepare what you wish to communicate.
- It reinforces the fact that you are really leaving and not simply suggesting in order to negotiate your position.
- Have the conversation first with your immediate supervisor and then immediately follow up with the written notice.
Presentation matters. Just as you would for a resume; your letter should be typed. Do not hand write this. This is part of your professional reputation.
What should you include in your resignation letter?
- Address the letter to your immediate supervisor or HR leader.
- Keep it clear, concise to the point…and positive. Don’t resign on negative terms!
- Include the date of notice and date of your last day.
- Express thanks.
Here are a few sample letters to get you started:
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I want to take this time to thank you for the professional relationship and leadership you have provided during my tenure here. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with you and the culture provided by you and the company.
I have accepted a new position with another company. My last day of employment with (Company name) will be Friday, April 15, 2016. My decision to leave is final. I appreciate all that you have done for me in the past, and hope that we can maintain a professional relationship in the future.
Dear [First Name],
Please accept this letter as my official notice of resignation. I value the work we have accomplished together at [Company name]. I have now made a commitment to another organization, and plan to begin with them later this month. My last day with [Company name] will be [day, date].
Please know that it is my intention to wrap up and transition as much as possible in the next two weeks to make my departure as smooth as possible. I am eager to leave on the most positive note possible. If you have any suggestions on how I can best support you and the company during these final weeks, please let me know.
I want to thank you for all you have done for me here at [Company]. It’s been a pleasure working with you, and representing the company as a [job title]. I have accepted an offer with another company and this note serves as my official notice. My last day will be [date]. This decision has nothing to do with the exceptional opportunity you have provided me. You and the Company have been great to work with, and I genuinely appreciate all your support. I wish [Company] continued success, and I want to thank you for allowing me to be a part of your team. Please let me know how I can best support you with a smooth transition.