How to Write Your Resignation Letter

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How to Write Your Resignation Letter


The most important concept to keep in mind when resigning from any job is not to “burn your bridge.” Whether you like your current job and are leaving for a better opportunity, or you dislike your present job and are resigning to save your sanity, you must always be polite, discreet, and mature when creating your resignation letter.

Your current employer will appear on your resume for years to come, and you never know when you may need a recommendation from a former boss. Remember, your professional reputation will be based on your most recent actions and behaviour.

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There’s no need to write a novel. Simply construct a brief, clear letter that covers all the bases. Here are some suggestions:

Get right to the point. Begin the resignation letter by stating your intention to resign and by mentioning your acceptance of another offer or other reason for leaving, such as moving cities.

Be sure to state when your final day of employment will be. It is common courtesy and highly recommended to give at least two weeks notice before resigning.

You may wish to mention that the offer you have accepted is for a position that fits better with your personal preferences or career goals.

You should also thank your employer for the opportunity to work for his/her organization.
Take a look at our sample resignation letter to get a better idea of how to structure your letter. After you start your new job, it is highly recommended to send a letter to your former boss and co-workers with your new contact information, so that they can keep in touch and remain a part of your network. By doing this, you are again building your bridges and not burning them.

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