Ok, you've decided to take another career opportunity. You've signed on the dotted line for your new position, and you're excited to start a new chapter in your career life. Now, all that's standing in the way of your new exciting opportunity is tendering your resignation.
This step can be very stressful if you've been with an excellent company. Not so stressful if your work situation was less than good.
Either way, there are still stresses involved in quitting a job. The resignation letter you submit to your immediate boss and HR will set the tone for the next two weeks at your current place of employment as well as your relationship moving forward.
Below you will find an excellent sample resignation letter.
Here are a few things to consider when resigning your current position:
Two Weeks Notice - Even if you feel you need to give a longer notice, give two weeks. A two weeks notice is industry standard and fully acceptable! If your current employer needs more than two weeks, let them make the request... do not offer it. Staying longer just creates more stress on you.
Do Not Delay - give your notice on the day you make your decision.
Keep It Professional - focus on your new opportunity.
Keep Your Distance - they do not have a right to know where you are going.
Write It Down - hand your boss a resignation letter before talking.
Request Confidentiality - inform only those that need to know.
Don't Listen To Counteroffers - they are for the benefit of employers, not employees. (see our article on Counteroffers)
Sample Resignation Letter:
Dear [Immediate Supervisor],
Please accept this letter as my formal resignation as [Your Current Title] from [Your Present Employer]. I have accepted another career opportunity. I, as well as my family, believe my new position will offer increased challenges, opportunities, and financial rewards.
I want to take this opportunity to thank you and all my other acquaintances at [Present Employer] for your support in the past, and trust that my association has been meaningful.
This has not been an easy decision or one based on short term thinking, and therefore I am not open for a counter offer.
I leave [Present Employer] with wonderful memories and renewed enthusiasm and excitement for the future.
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