Sometimes your resignation brings you a sigh of relief. Perhaps your employer was awful and you are blessing your lucky stars to get out of there. Don't blow possible future opportunities, though, with a negative resignation.
Keep your resignation positive and upbeat. Don't leave a negative impression with your resignation in your permanent personnel file. You can resign from your job in a positive manner. You won't regret putting a positive spin on your resignation from your job - even when you're just happy to get out of there. Resist the temptation to send a resignation letter that says, "I'm outta here!"
Resignation Letter Do's and Don'ts
Begin your resignation letter with a standard date, name of addressee, usually your direct manager or supervisor, and company address, just as you would any business letter. If you have personal stationery, plan to print the resignation letter to fit your stationery. If not, a plain piece of quality white paper should be used to print your resignation letter. Never write a resignation letter using your current employer's stationery.
Your resignation letter, especially in the instance of an employer you'd like to forget, can be short and sweet. If there was something - anything - that you liked about your job, you can mention it. Make sure that you copy Human Resources for your file and to trigger all of the necessary employment ending events.
Also, a good policy is to sleep on your letter over night before mailing it, to ensure that it is appropriate when you reread your resignation letter in the morning. Again, you can professionally resign without burning bridges. You'll be happy that you did, at some point in time.
Your Resignation Letter
Name of Supervisor
City, State, Zip Code
Dear Name of Immediate Supervisor:
The purpose of this letter is to resign from my job at Smith Manufacturing. My last day with Smith is (two weeks from the date of the letter).
I am resigning from my job because I have accepted another position. My time with Smith has been a learning experience and I am sorry to be leaving coworkers whom I will miss.
Not wanting to leave you short handed, please let me know what I can do to help you train my replacement. Or, let me know what I can do to help make the transition orderly.
Thank you for your help with this matter.
Copy to: Human Resources
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