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How to write a resignation letter

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Are you ready to say 'Bye, Felicia' and leave your job for bigger and better things? Let your pals down at Unlocked.Me school you on how to write a resignation letter that will help you not only unleash yo' bad self into the world, but also maintain a good relationship with your current employer. Remember, it's all about forming good, long-lasting connections!

Let's start with the basics. So, what is resignation?

This is the act of leaving your job. A resignation letter is a formal and contractual letter that tells your current employer that you'll be flying the coop soon.

Is a resignation letter really necessary?

Most def! A resignation letter is one of those things that come with adulting! It's the mature and professional thing to do, no matter what job you're in. A resignation letter officially gives your current employer the heads-up they need that you intend to go 'Bye-bye' and to start looking for someone to replace you.

So, here's the 411 on what to include in your resignation letter.

  • First start by setting this letter out like those letters you had to write in primary school.
  • Don't forget to include your full name, your contact details and your official position as it appears in your employment contract.
  • Start the letter with: Dear_____ (person you report to).
  • Write a short intro stating that this is your official letter of notice and what your last date of employment will be. In most cases you'll have to give a month's notice.
  • In the next paragraph state the reason you're leaving the job. Be honest, even if it's because of another job offer. Keep it short, sweet and professional.
  • In the next paragraph you need to thank your current employer for the time you've spent in the company. This piece can be more personal, so don't be afraid to reference specific lessons, skills or experiences this role has given you.
  • Next, and this is very important: You need to give your current employer assurance that you're willing to help in the transition process so that your replacement will settle easily into the role.
  • In the conclusion give your final note of thanks and state that you would love to keep in contact.
  • Sign it off!
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