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How to Write a Letter of Resignation

Tips and Advice for Writing 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.

Once you have made the decision to move on, there's no point in criticizing your employer or your job. Your letter of resignation should include information on when you are leaving. You can also let the employer know you appreciate your time with the company. When you're not sure what to write, review resignation letter samples to get some ideas.

What to Include in Your Resignation Letter

  • The fact that you are leaving and date when your resignation is effective.
  • Thanks to your employer for the opportunities you have had during your employment.

It's usually better to resign in person, then follow up with a formal resignation letter. However, if you need to send a resignation email, write it as professionally as you would a resignation letter on paper. Here's how to send an email resignation message.

Regardless of why you are resigning or how you feel about it, if you mention why you are leaving, make sure that you do not include anything negative or disparaging about the company, your supervisor, your co-workers, or your subordinates.

This letter will be included in your employment file and could be shared with potential future employers; therefore, it should be professional and polite.

Resignation Letter Writing Tips

To make sure your resignation letter contains all the right details, and none of the wrong information, review these resignation letter writing tips before you submit your resignation.

Resignation Letter Examples

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How to Handle a Resignation

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Please Note: This sample is provided for guidance only. The provided information, including samples and examples, is not guaranteed for accuracy or legality. Letters and other correspondence should be edited to fit your personal situation.

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