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Resignation Letters - Keep It Positive                                                   Bookmark and Share

Resignation Letters should accomplish the following:

  • Thank the employer for the opportunity to have worked there.
  • Confirm the notice-time given to the employer.
  • Convey that your decision has been carefully considered.
  • End your employment on a positive note.

An example of a short, positive letter:


I have accepted an offer of employment with another company.

I am tendering my two-weeks notice effective immediately.

My last day of work will be (date).

 My decision has been carefully considered and it is in my best interests.

 It has been a pleasure working with you and everyone at (name of company).

 I wish you continued success, and I appreciate your respecting my decision to leave.


It is important not to discuss grievances real or imagined in a resignation letter.
This is not the time to tell the company or your superior what is wrong with them.
It is more important to leave with an expression of goodwill even if it was a less
than positive working experience. You want to ensure that you receive a positive
employment reference in the future. Always leave with a statement that says
that you appreciate them respecting your decision to leave. They may try and
offer something to make you stay. That is not respecting your decision.

For more information on how employers may react to your resigning, please
see the following page:
Counter-Offers and Why Companies Make Them


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