A Sample Resignation Letter

You’ve found that ideal new job, and have accepted an offer. You’re excited to begin your new position. That’s great!

But first, you have to resign from your current one. Perhaps that will be easy for you (or even enjoyable), but maybe you’re dreading meeting with your boss to inform him or her of your decision, particularly if they’ve been a good person to work for, or the company has treated you well in the past.

If you’re worried about how to handle it, or what to say, you may find it helpful to

use this sample text below as the basis for a resignation letter you can hand to your manager. Simply customize it according to your own particular details, print it out and sign, and you’ll have something tangible that can help give you the confidence you need.

You don’t have to explain the reasons why you’re leaving, and you definitely don’t want to burn bridges by airing your negative feelings. Keep things brief, courteous, and to the point. Giving two weeks notice is the standard courtesy, but there is no legal requirement to give any notice.

Before you know it, you’ll be happily involved in your new role. Hopefully this tool can ease the transition for you.

Dear _________________:

This is to inform you that I am submitting my resignation, effective as of [date].

After careful thought and consideration, I have made an irreversible decision to accept another position which I feel will contribute to my career growth and which will be in the best interests of me and family. I know you will respect my decision. I will do whatever I can to make the transition as smooth as possible. I have appreciated the opportunities that [company] has afforded me, and I wish you well.

Sincerely, [Signature]