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How to Resign from Your Job

Your Resignation Can Leave a Lasting Good Impression - Done Correctly


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Thinking about an employment resignation to renew, revitalize or reshape your career? Are family obligations calling you to obtain different employment? Is your heart seeking a different or better employment opportunity? Do you just hate your current employment or deal with the boss from hell? Reasons for resignation are never-ending - often valid.

Whatever sparks your resignation, this resource will help you effectively resign from your current employment. You don't want to proffer your resignation without a for-sure new job offer in hand. But, when you do decide to offer your resignation, this information will help.

When you offer your resignation, this information will help you know what will happen next after you proffer your employment resignation to your employer.

Your Resignation: How to Resign From Your Job

Your resignation usually starts with a conversation with your immediate supervisor. He or she is the individual who must know that you plan to offer your resignation. He or she is also the person, if you've been a good employee, who will miss you the most. The supervisor will ask you to put your resignation in writing, as a permanent addition to your personnel file. Here's how to proceed with your resignation.

Offer a Resignation Letter

You will need to offer a resignation letter to your current employer. This resignation letter is your official resignation and is placed in your employee personnel file. Your employer needs the letter as evidence that you resigned your job and to officially end the employment relationship.

You'll want to leave a lasting positive impression with your tone and approach in your employment resignation letter. Here are sample employment resignation letters that will cover most employment resignation situations.

Sample Employment Resignation Letters

How to Handle a Resignation

When you offer your resignation, your employer probably has an established procedure. Here's how employers are recommended to handle an employee resignation. These tips about handling a resignation give you a clear picture of what your employer may do when you resign.

Employment Ending Checklist

When you offer your resignation, and following the receipt of your official resignation letter, your Human Resources staff will work with your supervisor to make certain that your last two weeks remain positive and contributing. If you provided the standard and expected two weeks' notice, your supervisor will have ample time to wrap up your job.

You will also want to particpate in:

Your employer will want to minimize the impact of your resignation on your work flow and work environment. Handled effectively, at your resignation, you leave knowing that you have contributed and added value during your time in their employment.

Participate in your department's farewell event, whatever it may be. Then prepare to follow your employer's standard procedures in their employment ending procedures on your last day.

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