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How To Write A Resignation Letter

When creating your resignation letter, one of the most important things to remember is that your employer may keep your resignation letter on file for future reference. It may be used by future employers to evaluate past performance if you should wish to re-apply for a job with a previous company.

So, even if you want to include bad reasons for leaving in your letter about the company, bosses, other staff or policies, remember to remain professional and tactful. Don't burn your bridges, build them, because you may need to ask your employer in the future for a reference.

When writing your resignation letter, use plain paper. Do not use a company letterhead. Your resignation is from you personally, not from the company.

It is normal practice to give at least two weeks notice before the date of your resignation, unless otherwise stated in your contract of employment.

Be sure that you want to resign before doing so. Don't resign on a whim after a simple argument with your boss or another member of staff.

You can choose to produce a simple, straight to the point resignation letter, for example:

'As requested in the terms of my employment, I am giving you (number) weeks notice of my intent to leave my position as (job title).

I therefore wish you every good fortune for the future and I thank you for having me as part of your team.

Or you can choose to include the reason for leaving, for example:

'As requested by the terms of my employment, I am giving you (number) weeks notice of my intent to leave my position as (job title).

The reason for leaving. You have another job, you are leaving to have a baby, you are moving to another city etc.'

Then state that it was not an easy decision for you to make and that it took a lot of consideration, but that you have enjoyed working as part of their company and give your thanks once again.

If, for example, you have other employment and you wish to leave immediately in order to begin your new career, you can request this in your reference letter:

'I understand that my period of notice is (number) weeks, but I would like to begin with my new employer at the earliest opportunity. I would therefore like to request that you waive this notice period and relieve me of my duties immediately'.

But it is important to understand that your employer can refuse to waive your period of notice and request that you work for your full period of notice.

Your employer may even request that you work a little longer than your period of notice, in order to allow him/her to find a suitable replacement for your position in the company. This is entirely your decision, if you wish to accept this request then you can, or you can simply work your period of resignation that is stated in your contract. Your employer can not force you to work for an extra period of time.

Verbal resignations should not be accepted by your employer. If you do resign verbally, then follow this up with a letter of resignation.

Before you leave your current employment, ask for a reference letter for future potential employment use.

Find out how to write a perfect resignation letter and get a resignation letter example here.

Source: www.articletrader.com