Resigning can be the most emotional and difficult part of making a career change.  Through these preparation methods this task will be made easier.

Your goal in the resignation process is to keep it clean and simple.  Write a very concise resignation letter to present to your immediate supervisor.  You can view some sample resignation letters at the bottom of this page.  When you go to resign do it at a slow time during the day.  Do not resign in an antagonistic manner.  Be clear as to what your intentions are.  Use phrases such as "I have accepted a new position and will be starting there on (date)".  Give your former employer the option of having you work out a two-week notice.  If you are going to work for a competitor in the same market, your current employer may let you go immediately.  A two-week notice is recommended, but keep in mind it is not required.  This is a professional courtesy.  If you feel that you would not be, or will be made to be uncomfortable for this time leave as soon as you feel satisfied that your services are no longer critical to operations.  The idea behind a clean, concise resignation is to discourage any Counteroffers.  A proper resignation also leaves a favorable last impression with your employer.  (Whose reference may be helpful to you at a later point in your career.)

Sample Resignation Letters

The following letters are simply templates that make your intentions to your current employer clear and discourage any Counteroffers.


Sample 1:

Date

Name
Title
Company Name
Address

Dear:

This letter and the decision it represents has not been an easy one.  At this time another employment opportunity has presented itself that I must take advantage of.  This in no way reflects how I feel about (Company Name) or its treatment towards me.  Therefore at this time, I am submitting my resignation.  My last day will be (Date).  I will be happy to assist with any transition of responsibility that you feel is necessary.

Thank you for the opportunity to work with (Company Name).  It has been a pleasure.

Sincerely,


Sample 2:

Date

Name
Title
Company Name
Address

Dear:

It is with regret that I am submitting my resignation effective (Date).  My affiliation with (Company Name) has been a fulfilling and rewarding experience.  However, I have accepted a job opportunity that will allow me to accelerate my professional growth and realize my career goals.  It is in my and my family's best interest to pursue this opportunity.

Again, I thank (Company Name) for a rewarding professional experience.

Sincerely,

 

 

 

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