(Closed) What should I write in my resignation letter?

posted 7 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Are you an at will employee?

I recently resigned from my job. I did it in person first and just said that I would be leaving and my last day would be x.

Then in my resignation letter I just wrote:

“Per our conversation on x date, I am resigning from x company. My last day will be x.”

If you are an at will employee NO further information is needed.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You don’t need to elaborte. In my resignation letters I’ve just wrote “I (my name) as of (last day) I will be voluntarily terminating my employment with (x company).” Seriously thats all they really need.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Agree with KatNYC2011.

The only time you truly need to elaborate in writing is if you are breaking a contract of some sort. For instance, teachers sign yearly contracts; I couldn’t just walk in and give a two weeks’ notice without a legitimate reason in writing.

 

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

Hmm…are you staying in the industry? If so, writing a thoughtful resignation letter will make sure that you don’t burn any bridges. Something like this might be better: 

“It is with mixed emotion, yet with firm conviction, that I write this letter of resignation from ____________.   My association over the last year with this excellent firm and its many fine people has been a significant part of my professional life.” 

Post # 7
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@2PeasinaPod: I did all that kind of sentiment in person. I had a half hour conversation with my boss about why I was leaving and how I hoped to stay in contact.

The letter was purely a formality for HR records.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@KatNYC2011: Same here whenever I have left at-will jobs. 

I would hesitate to put too much extra information/explanation on record in HR just in case they were to share it with future employers. :/

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

@MsBrooklynA: If you don’t want to burn bridges (and possibly rely on them for a reference in the future) I would talk to your direct supervisor first.

It’s always better to have an in person conversation rather than just handing them a resignation.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@MsBrooklynA: I have quit three other jobs before becoming a teacher. The first time, they had me sit down and write the resignation letter, so I just came in prepared for the other two times. But I also wouldn’t just walk in and hand it in. Have a talk with them first and THEN hand it in later in the day.

I think it’s nice to give a short explanation of why you’re leaving, but it’s not required. It completely depends on your relatioonship with your boss and how much you want to divulge. The more friendly you can be about it, the better as you will want a reference in the future. You definitely want to stay on good terms if the business and bank are affilliated!!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Tell your supervisor in person first.  If they require a written letter (many do), then keep it short and simple – try to avoid giving more information than necessary.  A feel good sentence such how it has been great opportunity to have worked there.  Provide your last day.  Thank them.

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