Post # 1
I’ve been sitting in front of my computer trying to write a resignation e-mail for the last hour and I’m getting nowhere.
I want to resign from my job now so I can put in my two weeks notice before the wedding. I’m quitting a full time job in a design studio so I can work for myself as a freelance designer. This is something my Fiance and I have talked about for a long time and with some recent problems with the company I work for, the timing seems right for me to get out. I’m just not sure the most tactful way to give them a reason for my departure. I don’t want to burn bridges in case I have to do work with them in the future. I don’t know how to word the letter so it doesn’t sound like I’m quitting to work for myself because I’m too good for them. Does that make sense?
I’m not going to lie, I’m scared out of my freaking mind even though I know 100% this is the right decision in order to further my career. Top it off with the fact that I’m getting married in two weeks, I feel like I’m going to puke from stress. I guess this is a point in my life where I’m going to have to accept a lot of changes all at once. ..I just have to figure out how to embrace it.
Post # 3
In the last few weeks, it’s come to my attention that I am in a position to try my hand at freelancing full time. This is something I’ve wanted for myself for quite some time, and with my upcoming wedding, and various other life changes, things have aligned to create the perfect timing for me to pursue a dream of mine.
I very much appreciate the time I’ve spent with you and with this company and will no doubt benefit from the experience you’ve afforded me. It is my sincerest wish that we keep in touch as professional contacts, and I wish the best for the future for you and for (company).
Effective today, I am submitting two weeks’ notice of my last day of employment at (company). During this period, I would be happy to help in interviewing and training my replacement. I would also be willing to participate in an exit interview, if (company) would like that opportunity.
Please contact me if you have any questions.
Post # 4
I’ve quit a few jobs before 🙂
Good luck, and congrats!
Post # 5
Maybe start your business on the side first. Get it going and when you have some comfortable cash flow and a good row of clientele.
Post # 6
@bells219: Thanks for the help. I appreciate it! I’ve quit jobs before too but the circumstances were always different (moving, quitting to go back to school, etc.)
@Sasha2011: I’ve already started my own business on the side but I haven’t been able to devote a lot of time to it because I was working full time. I’m not worried about not having enough money because my Fiance makes more than enough to cover our expenses.
Post # 7
Keep it as brief as possible – you shouldnt explain why you are leaving and where you are going next in your resignation letter. “I am writing to inform you of my resignation. While I have enjoyed my time with X company and learned much while here, I will be moving on to another opportunity. Please accept this as my two weeks notice.”