It’s finally happened! You found your dream job with the great pay and perks and you can’t wait to start. Before you start posting on Instagram about your new gig or bragging at the water cooler, make sure you take care of the present – by resigning gracefully from your current post and informing your employer of your decision.

It’s tempting to start hacking out a long rambling resignation email detailing all your minor grouses and the times when the bagels were stale in the conference room; but remember that a short resignation letter is always the best.

Here’s What Should Go In Your Resignation Letter:

1. Keep It Short: Like we said earlier, no need to ramble with your goodbyes. A resignation letter needs to be simple and short and plainly needs to inform your employer of your intent to quit.

2. Your Resignation Letter is Not Your Exit Interview: Don’t launch into a slew of complaints about your work issues in your letter. The goal here is to just inform your employer of your decision. You’ll have time to air your grievances at the Exit Interview.

3. Keep it Formal but Friendly: You may have been super unhappy at your workplace, but never burn bridges with past employers. You never know when you may need them as a reference.

4. Thank Them for Your Time Together: You don’t have to be all Jerry Maguire and super emotional when you quit. But make sure you do thank your boss when you leave. It may tough if you have a strong relationship with that person, but it needs to be done.

5. Try and Stick with a Two-Week Notice: It may be tempting to jump ship pronto, but make sure you serve out your two-week notice to help a new employee transition into your role. However, don’t drag the notice period out too much or else you could come across as less committed to your new employer.

6. Ask Your Recruiter for Help: If you’re having trouble cutting the cord anytime during the process, ask your recruiter for help. Typically, we have templates for resignation letters that we can share with candidates to help them get started. It could be a particularly emotional process if you have never resigned from a job before.

Finally, when the letter is written and sent, send your colleagues a farewell note. Save this for the end of the process, for right before you leave. Connect with them on LinkedIn as they could end up being a valuable resource down the line.

Breaking up with an old employer doesn’t have to be hard. You just have to be nice when you close the door on the way out.

We’d love to hear your tips on how you resigned from an old job. Drop us a line in the comments section below.


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