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Resignation Checklist


When you resign from a job, it's important to check on compensation due, your last paycheck, benefits, pension plans, and possible references. If you have resigned and haven't been informed about benefits, contact the Human Resources department at your former employer or your manager to request information on the status of your benefits.

Write a Resignation Letter

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When writing a resignation letter, it's important to keep your resignation letter as simple, brief, and focused as possible. It should also be positive.

Submit Your Resignation

Turning in your resignation isn't always easy. It can be difficult to resign tactfully. Here's how to resign with class.

Tell Your Boss

Here's information on what to say when you quit your job in-person or write a resignation letter, as well as what you can expect to hear from your supervisor when you resign.

Last Day Worked

When you resign, you will need to discuss your ending date of employment with your supervisor. Providing two weeks notice is typical, however your employer may ask you to terminate employment immediately or ask you to stay longer than two weeks.

Last Paycheck

Information on when will you receive your last paycheck if you resign from your job.

Unused Vacation and Sick Pay

You may be entitled to accrued vacation, overtime, and sick pay when you leave your job.

Employee Benefits

Overview of the employment related benefits that you may be eligible for when you resign from your job.

Health Insurance (COBRA)

COBRA (Consolidated Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act) gives employees and their families who lose their health benefits the option to continue group health benefits provided by their group health plan for limited periods of time.

Pension Plans / 401K

If you are enrolled in a 401(k), profit sharing or other type of defined contribution plan, your plan may provide for a lump sum distribution of your retirement money when you leave the company. If you are participating in a defined benefit plan your benefits will begin at retirement age.


Reference and recommendation letters, sample recommendation letters and reference lists, how to ask for a reference, who to use if you didn't leave your job on good terms, and how to use references.


In most cases, workers who resign are not eligible for unemployment. However, if you left for good cause you may be able to collect unemployment benefits.

Department of Labor

The US Department of Labor and the local state department of labor offices can help you with information on employment-related laws, regulations, and compliance information.

Read More: 50+ Frequently Asked Questions About Resigning

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