Resignation letter Tips and Sample Templates

by ryan


Resignation letter Tips and Sample Templates


Handing in a resignation letter can always be very daunting, no matter what your circumstances are. A resignation letter example comes in handy here. Whether you are leaving your current employment because you have a new job, you’re not happy in your work, you don’t get on with other staff, or you simply need a change, always remember it is important to resign as politely and professionally as possible.


Never hand in a resignation letter on a whim, there are many people all around the globe that leave their jobs for new ventures and end up regretting it later, realizing that it is actually ‘better the devil you know’. Be 100% sure that you are doing the right thing in leaving your job. If you are absolutely sure that you want to resign, deal with your resignation letter very carefully.

Depending on your situation, there are many different reasons that you may want to outline in your resignation letter. But it is important to remember that you should never burn your bridges. You never know when you may need your ex-employer to supply you with a reference in the future. Always give your thanks in the letter, even if you are tempted to give a piece of your mind.

It is also important to remember that when having a full-time contract with your employer, it is normal to give one months notice, unless otherwise stated. If it is not stated in your contract how much notice you should be giving, then you are well within your rights to offer your employer only two weeks notice.

Your employer may ask you to stay a little longer in order for him/her to find a suitable replacement, but they have no legal right to ask you to stay for a longer period of time than is stated in your contract. It is your decision to stay a little longer if desired. But if you have other employment to go to, then this can not always be possible.

If you resign verbally, you then need to give your employer a written resignation as soon as possible, preferably the same day, to ensure that he/she has your resignation in black and white. Remember that your employer can deny that you have resigned verbally, but they cannot deny that you have resigned in letter format. Always be sure that you keep a signed copy of your resignation letter on file.

So, basic facts to remember when writing a resignation letter:

Start your letter with a positive paragraph, stating that it is of no fault of the company, but that you have to move on in order to widen your career prospects;

• Always give your thanks in the letter;

• Be professional and tactful;

• Specify the good times of your job and state how your employment has aided your career;

• Date your letter and insert the date that you will be leaving;

• End your letter with another positive paragraph. For example, thanking the company once again for the pleasurable times you have had working within the establishment.

Before leaving your employment, ask your manager for a reference letter. You can keep this on file for future reference, it is possible that a new employer may require it in the future.





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