Post # 1
I just got an offer for a dream job (Managing Editor for a magazine), and I need to give two weeks notice for my current job, which I only started about 2 months ago.
I applied for the editing position before I was offered my current job, but I couldn’t pass up the chance to interview when it came up.
I’ve never resigned from a job before – tips on the right way to do so? I have to do it today or at the very latest, Monday.
Post # 3
@LadyBear: keep the letter short and to the point. thank your current company for the wonderful opportunity, and be honest–you got your dream offer and you can’t pass it up. wish your present company the best and assure them that you are happy to help in whatever way will make the transition easier.
it’s nervewracking, but it happens. people resign and they shouldn’t take it personally. good luck and congrats!
Post # 4
@LadyBear: Congrats on the job!! Google some templates for resignation letters, and you can tweak it to say how much you appreciated the opportunity the current company gave you, if you have a plan for transitioning responsibilities, etc. I always took a physical letter in with me when I went to give the news to my supervisor, and I think it was appreciated.
Post # 5
First of all, congratulations! What a great new opportunity!
Keep your letter short and sweet. Thank them for the opportunity and express how much you’ve enjoyed your time, even though it was brief, at their company. Note that you aren’t leaving for any reason other than a new opportunity that you just couldn’t pass up.
Post # 6
Just go talk to your immediate supervisor and give them a heads up that you’re about to go up to HR and put in your 2 weeks’. Or go to HR first thing in the morning with your letter, then go talk to your supervisor and let them know that you just put in your two weeks’ notice. As long as they hear it from you (assuming you have a good relationship and aren’t trying to burn that bridge), you’ll be fine. Just let him/her know that you really appreciated the opportunity but you know they’ll understand that this is your dream job and you have to take it.
Post # 7
- Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island
Congrats! I would talk to your hiring manager in person or over the phone before sending a letter. Be honest, professional, and polite and you’ll do fine. You’re not the first person to quit!
Post # 8
What do you ladies think about this draft (in the proper format with address, etc.):
Dear Ms. XXXX,
I regret to inform you that I am resigning from my position as XXXXX for XYZ Company, effective two weeks from this date (October 11, 2013).
This was not an easy decision to make on my part. My short time with XYZ has been a positive experience, and I’ve enjoyed working for you. However, I’ve been offered a position closer to home that aligns more closely with my goals. I look forward to the new direction of my career, although I am sorry to leave the team here at XYZ.
Thank you for the support and the opportunities that you have provided me – I have truly appreciated my time with XYZ. I will be glad to help any way I can with the transition during the next two weeks. I will, of course, leave my current projects as complete as possible.
I wish you and XYZ all the best. Thank you for giving me the chance to work here.
Post # 9
@Christy42213: Yeah, I’m going to go in person to my supervisor and then HR person, but I want to bring the letter with me.
Post # 10
@LadyBear: Your letter is great. Good luck! I would definitely speak with your supervisor before handing in your letter. It’s nice to give them a heads up.
Post # 11
I wouldn’t say “I regret to inform you…”– it rings false. If you really regretted it, you wouldn’t be doing it, right? So I would just say, “I’m writing to submit my resignation,” or something simple like that. Otherwise I like your letter. Good luck and congrats.
Post # 12
When do I do it? Right away? At the end of the day?
Post # 13
How did it go? I was going to say to go in first thing and do it…..I have quit many times and my best advice is to go in, sit down and say “I’d like to let you know that I am resigning”…..and go from there.
Post # 14
@hassle_J: It went fine – it was easier than I expected. I did wait until the end of the day, though, because that was the only time my boss was free to meet with me.
They are disappointed, but understanding.