Are you considering quitting your job? Then you want to be sure you’re getting it right, and by that we mean burning bridges. People leave their jobs every day for a variety of reasons, and yours can be as simple as moving to a new state or just looking for a place better career growth.
Whatever your reason for switching, you should spend some time preparing a professional letter of resignation for your employer before leaving your job. These letters not only help ensure that everyone is on the same page, they also make it easier for you to get out on good terms.
10 tips for writing a resignation letter
Are you ready to learn how to create the perfect resignation letter before you throw in the proverbial work sheet? Continue reading.
1. Be very sure
This may sound obvious, but the first step in creating a resignation letter (sometimes called a resignation letter) is to make sure that you want to 100% leave your job. Take a minute to discuss all of the reasons for quitting and make sure it doesn’t Little things that will make you change your mind later.
You should also think about what you are going to do after exiting and look for something new job opportunities if you haven’t already. While sales are expected in any business (aka people leaving their jobs), it is also disruptive – both to your manager and team, and to your personal lifestyle. So before you get anything down on paper, make sure you mean business.
2. Define the conditions for your withdrawal
Once you have made the decision to step down, it is time to set the terms of your course of action. These things should be in your letter, but it helps Find out how to quit your job before you start writing them formally. First, choose a final day for your work and write down any other important details, such as: For example, how you will work up to that point, what projects you will complete, and whether you are willing (or able) to help find a replacement for your point of view. Many of these things depend on both your role and the reason for leaving the company. However, it is extremely helpful when you work them out and are ready to hand them over to your boss as you both go through this transition period.
3. Decide how much you want to consider
This step occurs almost simultaneously with the last, but is important enough to warrant a reputation of its own. Deciding how much to quit is both a matter of respect and principle. Depending on why you’re leaving the company (and assuming it’s on good terms), standard practice is to give your employer at least two weeks’ notice. If you really like your company or manager and you think they are handling the news well, you can even choose to quit more – for a month, for example.
The more resignation you can give, the better. Just know that less than two weeks will make it seem like your departure is urgent. If so, that’s fine. But if you manage to give them at least those two weeks it will look better and increase your chances of leaving on good terms.
4. Give a reason for the resignation (or not).
Another thing to include in your letter is the reason for your resignation. Again depending on what that is. If you go because your manager is an idiotYou probably don’t want to include this in a letter. You should feel comfortable telling us that you would like to leave for a new position at XYZ Co. or that you would like to take some time off. Remember, regardless of what your answer is (and regardless of whether you include it in your letter), someone is likely to ask you. Be ready to answer this question as honestly as you can, or come up with something else to say that you enjoy sharing.
5. Asking questions
While the point of resignation letters is ultimately about sharing the terms of your resignation, it’s also a good place to ask any questions you may have. Again, a resignation letter can serve as a roadmap for you and your employer to manage this transition. If you have any questions about your benefits, past paycheck, or any corporate equipment you currently own, now is the time to answer those questions. By showing your employer this list of questions in your letter, you can ensure that everything is addressed and that nothing important is forgotten before you leave.
6. Thank you to your employer
If you’ve really enjoyed working with your current company or manager, a resignation letter is also a good place to say thank you. You might consider adding this towards the end of your letter after you have covered all the important details of your departure.
Whether you’re grateful for the opportunity, experience, or even just the camaraderie of your coworkers, this is a lovely opportunity to compliment and thank your boss. Not only will this help you leave on good terms, but it will also make your resignation feel more professional than personal.
7. Add contact information
If you are going to Moving for your new jobIf you change your email address or phone number, be sure to provide the new contact information. Even if nothing changes, you should add your personal email address or mobile phone number somewhere in the body of the text or below your signature. This will help your staff to contact you with any questions and will help HR and Payroll make sure your final payments and benefits continue without a hitch.
8. Avoid burning bridges
Whatever the reason for quitting, it is never a good idea to burn bridges. Perhaps you’ve worked with a bad apple, or you’ve been the unfortunate victim of unfair or lousy company policies. Remember that even toxic jobs have good people and it’s always good to have a job.
If you’ve had a serious problem with any of your employees, take the time to find the right person to report it to. Maybe this is your manager or even someone from HR. But do your best to keep any workplace drama or bad feelings out of your letter. It’s a small world, and depending on your industry, chances are you’ll meet a few colleagues again. Keep your head high and your letter strictly professional.
9. Don’t forget your employees
While letters of resignation are usually meant for management, take some time to offer your team members too. Nothing is worse than getting ghostly by a coworker, especially if it’s someone you’ve worked closely with for a long time. Take a minute to email your reps after working out the details of your resignation and sending your formal letter to management. Thank them, wish them all the best and leave your personal contact information in case they want to get in touch with you later.
With all of these tips in mind, it’s time to start writing. Take it from someone who does a lot of it – there’s nothing worse than a blank page. First, write down your ideas and don’t be too harsh on yourself. When you have a draft of your letter, ask a trusted friend (ideally not a co-worker) to proofread it for you.
The most? Don’t overthink it. Most likely, your manager has received these letters before and no one will check your choice of words or write a review of your letter on the list New York Times. The most important thing is that you write the letter, address the big issues, and move on. Your employer will appreciate the effort, and having the details of your resignation on hand will make the transition easier.
Larissa Runkle is an employee of The Penny Hoarder.
This article originally appeared on www.thepennyhoarder.com