Sample Resignation Letter


How to Resign
So you got the new job! Congratulations! Now comes the hardest part for some people – the
resignation! How do you tell your boss? What if he probes you with questions? What if he
criticizes your decision, questions your loyalty, pushes you for details or walks you out the
door immediately in one public sweep of humiliation? One of the things that can help this
process is a well-worded positive resignation letter handed to your boss or placed on his desk
prior to a conversation with him. It establishes your point for you and it makes it clear that
your decision is made. That in itself eases or even eliminates a lot of attempted persuasion or
manipulation to stay as well as the interpersonal tension with your peers. It often prevents
an uncomfortable counter-offer too. Consider a content sample like this one:
Effective today (date), I am officially tendering my __ week notice that I am resigning
my position of __________ at _________Company.
I have appreciated the years of
professional experience and market challenges which have enhanced my skills over the
years and provided significant value to you as well.
After sustained tenure at any given company, there comes a time when the challenge
of taking one’s skills to a new level in a different growth-oriented environment
outweighs the stability and predictability of one’s current situation. That opportunity
has become available to me recently. I have been offered an excellent position and I
have accepted the offer.
I am happy to do what I can in the next __ weeks to complete my current
responsibilities and to brief someone on pending issues to ease the transition for
another designee. According to official policy as I understand it, my last day will be
Once the written resignation is submitted, try to keep your final days with your company as
professional as possible. Of course you have personal relationships at work which you will
miss but you are better off keeping your focus on why you are moving on to a new
opportunity rather than get emotionally entangled in department farewells. Remember the
reason you wanted to make a change in the first place and why this opportunity seemed like a
good fit for your career path.
Don’t listen to a counter-offer if you receive one. Where was that new title, salary, promotion
or office change before you gave your notice to resign? The Wall Street Journal, Business
Week and numerous others have documented many statistics on how seldom counter-offers
work out positively for the employee who accepts one. By resigning, the candidate has
basically exposed their “disloyalty” (as perceived by the company) and that makes the


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