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How to Write a Resignation Letter (With Samples!)

By | Erin Greenawald | www.themuse.com

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. Gulp.

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While this isn’t the first step of quitting your job (that would be sitting down with your boss to give two weeks’ notice—read more on having that “I quit” conversation), 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.

To help you out, here’s a step-by-step resignation letter template to use.

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PART 1

The Basics of a Resignation Letter

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. (No need to, um, create an “I quit” video.)

Dear [Your Boss’ Name],

Please accept this letter as formal notification that I am resigning from my position as [position title] with [Company Name]. My last day will be [your last day—usually two weeks from the date you give notice].

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