How To Write A Proper Resignation Letter

Or how to peace out from a job you hate…professionally.
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If I may quote The Bold Type, aka my current TV obsession, Dr. Ben—oomf—talked about his job in Episode 3: “I love doing what I do. I love the people I work with. I jump out of bed in the morning, and I wish there were more hours in a day.”

If you feel the same way, KEEP MOVING. This article isn’t for you; it’s for people who’ve died inside and want to peace out of their current jobs professionally so they can find a job that makes them feel more like Dr. Ben.

So here’s a step-by-step guide on how to write the ~perfect~ goodbye letter to your boss.

Be straightforward.

The first paragraph should literally say, “I quit.” A more professional version should read like: “Please accept this letter as formal notification that I am resigning as [your position] of [your company]. My last day will be on [date]. The date is dependent on your company’s policy (it could be two weeks, it could be 30 days).

Express your gratitude.

Even if you hate your boss and you detest the company you currently work for, you have to include this because, at the very least, it was a learning experience for you. Always leave things on a good note. Say something like, “The past [however many] years have been a great learning experience for me. Thank you for the opportunity to work in this position. I’ve enjoyed [list some of your favorite tasks], and I’ve learned [include your biggest lessons].”

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Offer to help with the team’s transition.

To help soften the blow of your departure, especially if you know they’ll have a hard time filling your position, offer to make it as easy as possible for your boss: “Before I leave, rest assured that I’ll be completing all my duties. I can also assist in training the other team members, if necessary. I wish the company continued success…” Just remember not to over-promise or commit to additional tasks you can’t deliver before you leave.


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