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).

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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].”

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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Then scream, “FREEEEEDDDDOOOOOOOMMMMM!!!”

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