Resignation Letter: How To Resign From Your Job

Carl Mueller

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Delivering a resignation letter to your current employer is where you really make your job change official.

Once you have signed and returned your job offer letter and have received confirmation that it was received, you will be ready to get ready to put your resignation letter together.

These days, it isn’t uncommon for a less formal resignation, perhaps having a conversation with your boss to let them know you have found a new job and then maybe sending them a brief email so they have written confirmation that you have resigned.

An official letter of resignation might not even be involved.

Resigning from your current position can sometimes be a difficult task especially if you worked for an employer for a long period of time or perhaps because you feel a strong sense of loyalty to your boss or to the company.

Actually writing your letter might be the hardest part as you find yourself putting words to paper that indicate that you are leaving your company!

I have seen instances where a candidate has second thoughts about putting their resignation letter together after accepting a new job when they really realize what they have to do next… They have to quit their current job!

My advice for putting your resignation letter together is to keep it short and sweet.

Put a short resignation letter together than simply states that you have accepted a new position (you don’t need to give details if you don’t want to) and that you have enjoyed your time with the company.

Verbally announce your resignation to your manager and deliver the resignation letter if required.

I don’t see the point in making the resignation letter very long or detailed because chances are you will end up spending a fair bit of time speaking with your manager and colleagues once everyone finds out you are leaving the company anyways.

The resignation letter is simply a formality, putting your intention to leave the company in writing.

At this point, you simply want to indicate your plans to leave the company and to leave gracefully. The last thing you want to do at this point is to burn any bridges or speak disparagingly about your employer in your resignation letter.

After you have delivered your resignation letter, you might meet with your manager or perhaps someone from Human Resources to discuss the specifics regarding your resignation:

  • When is your last day on the job?
  • What work do you need to finish up before you leave?
  • What work do you need to hand over to someone else before you leave?
Your employer might conduct an exit interview where you are interviewed and are asked for your candid thoughts regarding the company. You might be asked questions about what it would take for you to stay with the company, what the company could do better, why you decided to look for a new job, etc.

My advice is simply to answer the questions honestly and succinctly and to get back to work so that you can finish up everything you need to do before moving to your new company.

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