How to Write a Resignation Letter

How to Write a Resignation Letter
From Recruiter - July 27, 2016

Flight attendants exiting in grand style down the emergency slide, employees quitting with videos that go viral or via rants on social mediasurely you yourself have dreamt up your own a creative way to throw in the towel.

But thats why we have a little something called impulse control. While these devil-may-care methods of moving on are certainly gutsy, the glory is sure to fade quickly and the effects can be lasting.

Everything inside you may be screaming to let your frustrations loose on the folks who employed you at a salary below your worth, belittled your capabilities, and kept you from getting aheadbut dont do it. Keep in mind that living well is always the best revenge. In this day and age, where Google searches on candidates are part of the screening process, youll want to leave a clean and positive image behind rather than scenes of destruction.

Now, if we can all agree that grand exits are better left to the imagination, here are a few pointers to help you navigate that more practical alternative, the resignation letter:

1. It Will Live in Your File Forever

Your resignation letter is a living document that may be referenced in the future. It is not a place to air grievances, list everything you think is wrong with the company, or place blame. Even though you may think youll never come back, future changes in management might turn this company into a place where youd be open to working again. Besides, your criticism of the organization, at this point, serves no purpose and can only do you harm. Hopefully, youll have an exit interview where you can offer constructive feedback about your experiences. Save the negatives for that conversation. Dont put them on paper.

2. Get Right to the Point

Youll want to very plainly state that you are resigning:Dear Bob, Please accept this letter as my formal resignation.

3. Address the Facts


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