Unfortunately, not every company and employee are a perfect match. There comes a time when a person needs to move on with their career. So, how do you tell your current organization you’re moving on without burning bridges? A resignation letter is the perfect way to professionally part ways without any hostility. Here’s how to write a resignation letter.
Why a Resignation Letter
So, why write a resignation letter? These letters give finality to your decision. They prevent your boss or current organization from giving you a counter offer. Now, if you want a counter offer, you can tell your boss in person. However, if you know it’s time for you to move on to a new chapter, then a resignation letter prevents the temptation of being wooed into staying somewhere you don’t want to be.
What Makes Up a Resignation Letter
There are several components to a successful resignation letter. According to Indeed, here’s what makes up a resignation letter:
- Your Supervisor’s Name
- Statement of Resignation
- Your Last Work Day Date
- Gratitude Statement
- Next Steps
- Closing and Signature
Now, we’ll break down each section.
First, start your letter with the date you’re giving the resignation letter. This is important because you want to give your current employer two full weeks notice. By doing this, you give the company enough time to plan to replace you.
Your Supervisor’s Name
Next, you write your supervisor’s name. Include their preferred pronoun and last name. Again, be professional. Even if you have a great rapport with your boss, you should still be formal in this letter.
Statement of Resignation
Now, you put your statement of resignation. This should look something like, “Please accept this letter as my resignation from [insert company name], effective today, [insert today’s date].”
Your Last Work Day Date
Then, you need to include your final day with the organization. “My last day will be [insert the date two weeks from now].”
And, it’s important you show gratitude for everything the company did for you. Remember, even the worst jobs teach you something useful for the rest of your career—even if it’s how to not manage. So, show how thankful you are for what your boss and the organization did for you. “I want to take this opportunity to thank you for this experience and all the valuable career insights you taught me. It’s been a pleasure working for you.”
Here, you want to assure your boss you’re willing to ensure a seamless hand-off. Some organizations won’t want you to put in the full two weeks, which is fine (funemployment!). You should write, “Over the next two weeks, I will write up a plan to help successfully onboard my replacement.” This illustrates how you plan on contributing for the final two weeks of your tenure there.
Closing and Signature
Finally, you add another thanks and include your name. “Thanks again for everything! [Insert Your Name]”
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