Stop! – Don’t give notice quite yet. Read this article first to get help writing your resignation letter. In today’s hyper connective world integrity is everything and just like momma taught you, it’s never wise to burn bridges. Here are some sample resignation letters and resignation tips to ensure you come out smelling like a rose.


Resignation Tips:


1. Leave graciously and avoid saying too much. While formal or informal exit interviews are great times to raise legitimate issues it’s not the time to bash coworkers. Share constructive feedback that can be used to make positive changes in the future.


2. Prepare to leave immediately. While the standard two weeks is customary notice, some employers may ask you to leave as soon as you hand in your resignation letter. Be prepared for this possibility by removing personal items from your computer and office. Never take company information.


3. One of the best ways to get respect and show professionalism is to resign organized with processes well-documented. Start by creating a detailed list of all your duties and responsibilities. Document processes and give as much direction as possible for any recurring tasks.


Need some help writing your letter of resignation? Here are 3 resignation letter examples to get you started:


Sample Resignation Letter #1: The Bare Minimum


Dear ___________,

Please accept this letter of resignation from the position of _________________, effective two weeks from today. My last day at the company will be ___________.

If there are exit procedures that I need to be aware of please let me know.


Sample Resignation Letter #2: Showing Gratitude


Dear ___________,

It is with deep regret that I give you my formal notice of resignation at _________________. My last working day will be ___________.

I have accepted a position with another company that will further my development and help me take the next best steps for my career.

I have enjoyed working at _________________ and will miss my colleagues here. I appreciate the opportunities and professional development I’ve experienced while here at _________________, and in particular, I’m grateful for the growth I’ve experienced thanks to you. Your mentorship and support has helped me to be a better and more resilient ___________, and I hope that we will continue our relationship as I move forward in my career.

I wish you and _________________ continued success in the future.



Sample Resignation Letter #3: Post-Counteroffer


Dear ___________,

Please accept this letter as notice of my resignation from my position as ______________. My last day of employment will be ___________.

Thank you for the generous offer to have me stay on with the organization. However, after careful consideration, I’ve realized that it’s best for me to move on in order to honor my vision of my career. It has been a pleasure working with you and your team, and I appreciate all the support and growth opportunities over the past ______ years.

I would like to help with the transition of my duties by making myself available to help answer any questions following my last day of employment.

Thank you again for the opportunity to work for _________________ . I wish you and the team all the best and I look forward to staying in touch with you. You can email me anytime at _________________ or call me at _________________.




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