today's fluid work world, job changes are inevitable. But you must make sure your
departure goes properly.
Whether you have accepted a better
position at another company or you're just fed up with your current job, a smooth
departure is a must. Just as there are no second chances at first impressions,
the same goes for last impressions.
In most cases, you'll speak
personally with your supervisor about your departure, but you still need to submit
a formal resignation letter. Not only is the professional thing to do, but it
also gives you a chance to elaborate on the positive aspects of the job you're
leaving. Such an exit approach means you can head to your new job on a high note
and leave the door open at your old company. You never know when you might work
with -- or for -- former employers again.
Make sure you give
adequate notice; two weeks is the standard notice period, but if you can give
even more advance notice, your employer will appreciate it. If you must leave
sooner, explain the unusual circumstances to your soon-to-be-former boss.
form letter below will help you tell your employer you're moving on. Personalize
the letter by entering your specifics in the areas in red. You can print out this
Web page and make your changes by hand or copy the body of the letter and paste
it into a document where you can make your changes on your PC.
of supervisor, job title
City, state, ZIP code
Dear name of supervisor:
accept this letter as my formal resignation from name of
company. My last day here will be day and date.
you feel comfortable stating where you will be accepting a new position, do so
in this paragraph. Explain briefly why you are taking the job: a chance for new
responsibilities, a move to be closer to family, etc.
It has been my pleasure working for name of company
and with you personally. I'm sure the knowledge and skills I have gained here
will continue to serve me well.
paragraph, mention a few of your accomplishments and your pride in how they helped
the company. Don't go overboard, but elaborate within reason as much as you feel
comfortable doing so. This lets your boss know that while you were with the company,
you found the work valuable. By showing that you were a committed worker, you
are more likely to get a good reference for any future job searches.
If you are not leaving
on such a positive note, omit the second and third paragraphs.
But you still need to include a constructive exit statement
in your letter. Consider a simple, yet nonspecific statement
such as, "The work experiences I've gained here will
serve me well in my future endeavors." Remember, how
you depart will be remembered by your boss and co-workers.
As I wrap
up my tenure here at name of company, I will work
to ensure a smooth transition of any projects. I look forward to what the future
will bring for the both of us.
Your typed name
City, state and ZIP code
-- Updated: Feb.