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How to Write a Resignation Letter in 2023

By | Erin Greenawald |

So you’ve decided to move on. You’ve signed on the dotted line at your new gig, and now all that’s standing in between you and your fab new job is submitting your resignation letter to your current one.

While this isn’t the first step of quitting your job (that would be sitting down with your boss to have the “I quit” conversation and give your two weeks’ notice), it’s an important one. The official document you submit to your higher-ups and HR will set the tone for the rest of your time at this job—as well as your relationship moving forward. So it’s worth spending a little time making this two weeks’ notice letter solid and polished. But note we said a little time—you’re not writing the Memoirs of a Back-End Engineer here. A letter of resignation is actually a quick, concise doc that—with these tips, examples, and template—is pretty easy to write.

What to include

There’s no need to overcomplicate anything. Your letter of resignation has just three basic parts:

1. Your resignation and last day

There’s no need to sugarcoat or get creative in the beginning; just state the position you’re resigning from and the effective date. While you probably shared with your boss your reasons for leaving, you don’t need to describe them here—keeping it simple is perfectly fine.

For example:

Dear Jin,

This letter is to formally notify you that I’m resigning as a marketing analyst at Lemon Inc. My last day will be two weeks from today on Wednesday, July 21, 2023.

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