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It turns out that "tips and templates on how to write resignation letters" is the third most sought-after information at my Writing Help Central Web site. So when I looked into the subject more closely I was surprised to find that there is not a lot of guidance available in guide book form on how to write a proper and appropriate resignation letter. In fact a recent visit to the worlds largest online bookstore (amazon) revealed that there are no "how to" books available there that deal with the art of writing resignation letters. Surprising but true. This is interesting because when you really look into it you realize that whether you leave a job gracefully and appropriately will almost certainly have career and personal implications and can be almost as important as writing a resume/cv or a cover letter.
You want to be honest clear and firm regarding your intentions to leave while at the same time you dont want to alienate the employer you are leaving. It would be nice for that door to remain open or at least ajar just in case you want to enter it in the future. After all you never know what may happen down the road. For all you know your current employer could end up buying the company you are moving to. So be careful about limiting your future options. Backlash Can Be Swift Negative impacts from a poorly written or inappropriately worded resignation letter can be almost immediate. For example if you are hoping to get a good recommendation or reference from the employer youre leaving a negative resignation letter can only hurt your letter of recommendation/reference.
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Are you preparing to resign from your current job? I recently spoke with Dr. Randall Hanson founder of Quintessential Careers one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web for advice on the best way to resign from a job. According to Hanson a resignation letter documents your last day of work but it also eliminates the potential for any mis-communication that can occur when an employee resigns verbally. The resignation letter gives you the opportunity to highlight some of your key achievements and it can cement relationships (and even a reference) with the boss. As Hanson notes "you never want to end things on bad terms as word can easily get around." In order to ensure a graceful and professional resignation Hansen recommends the following: Do know how to resign from your job gracefully and professionally.