Writing a resignation is either the hardest thing to do or the easiest. It is drastic either way because you are either so happy to leave that you cannot control yourself, or you are leaving because of circumstances out of your control. This can make writing a resignation extremely difficult and sometimes you may want to just overlook it, but one should always be written. Whether it is one sentence or three pages, it should be direct and clear. Below are some tips and ideas on writing a resignation.
What you should include and what you should omit.
The tips below should help create a perfect resume for your employer.
Start out by stating the obvious. Tell them that you are putting in your two weeks. Tell them the date that will be your last day and where they can mail your check. Advise them of the address that they can forward any correspondences to and a phone number they can reach you at.
Next, advise them of why it is that you are leaving. If there is even the remotest possibility that you may come back, fill it with great things. Keep the letter positive and full of things that you enjoyed. Therefore, if you hate the job that you move on to, you can at least show your face again. If you fill it with mean and hateful things, you have a minimal chance of getting your position back. You want to be honest, but not cruel. Another reason that this is a good idea is that you can use them confidently as a previous job. Knowing that they will give you a good reference is comforting.
Let your employer know where you have accepted another job. Tell them the benefits, the wage, and any other perks that drew you to the company. This is helpful because they can relate to that and know some reasons why you left. It also helps you because if they make you an offer, they know what you are leaving them for. They will not waste your time with meager offerings. Of, if they cannot go to the things that you want, they will admit defeat and wish you well.
It is important to let your employer know that you either did or did not enjoy certain things about the company. Whenever you start a job, start a checklist of things that you would change if you could. Include these things in your resignation. They may scan over them and move on to the next, but they may make a difference. If only one idea hits the jackpot, you can feel confident that they valued your ideas and also valued you as an employee.
Overall, it is a great idea to fill your resignation with good ideas, tips, and past experiences. You never know where your life will lead you and you never want to burn your bridges. So, make it a great letter of resignation and leave with the confidence that you were mature enough to set aside any problems or unhappy thoughts long enough to leave the position.