Resignation Letters: All You Need to Remember

It’s finally happened. You get to quit your job and move on with your life. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to write resignation letters. To make sure you’re in the former camp, have a look at some of the key tips below. You can also peruse some of Live Career’s resignation letter samples to get a better idea of what specifics to include.

Resist the Urge to Vent

The Internet is full of resignation letters, photos and videos of people trumpeting "Sayonara" to their old jobs. These memorable resignations may be great for social media hits, but they are awful for your future job prospects. Someday in the future, you may need a favor from your old boss – anything from a reference to a job. You want to leave calm, cool, and collected – in other words, leave your job like a professional and not like someone with an ax to grind.

Tell the Truth – But Not Too Much of the Truth

You know the old saying, "It’s nothing personal; it’s just business?" That’s exactly what you need to keep in mind while writing your resignation letter and dealing with your co-workers during the remaining time of your employment. Do not go into gory details in your resignation note about how much your job stinks. That’s not considered professional. If you are quitting because of health, to move far away, or for retirement, then briefly mention the reason. Otherwise, stay quiet about why you are leaving.

Keep Copies

It is traditional and considered more professional if a resignation letter is presented as a hard-copy and not by fax or email. Presenting a hard copy not only shows courtesy but also proves that you did not just abandon your job. It’s best to keep a copy of your resignation letter and note when you turned it in to your personnel manager or boss. You never know if any legal problems might come up later.

Leaving on a Good Note


The final impression you leave will be the most lasting impression. It’s good to leave with a compliment. Although you do not have to, it is considered good manners to conclude your resignation letter with something like, "I enjoyed my time at [company name]." Now that your resignation letter is complete, brush up your resume with LiveCareer’s resume builder.


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