10 Dos And Don’ts Of Writing A Resignation Letter

Many people dream of handing in that resignation letter when the time comes. But when push comes to shove, many don’t put as much effort into it as they should. You may think that it doesn’t matter because you won’t be working for that company anymore, and end up unloading your grievances in the letter, especially if you’re leaving under unpleasant circumstances.

It may be tempting to let your employer understand how you really feel about your stint at the company in your resignation letter. The reasons can range from payback to getting things off your chest to genuinely wishing to provide feedback.

But regardless of how much you want to say it, it’s wise to employ some restraint. Having no filter on the things you say in your letter can lead to unwelcome consequences in the future.

Remember this tweet that went viral in June?

UK employee Sam Baines handed his manager a condolence card that says “Sorry for your loss”, and wrote inside: “My last day at work is the 28th July [sic].”

While it was later revealed that Sam’s boss was already aware of his departure, and that they were close enough to make such jokes, it must be said that this type of resignation letter probably won’t sit well with most employers.

Word spreads everywhere, especially in the same industry, and even across different ones, depending on how well networked people are. Plus, you will require a reference from your boss for your new employer. Your attitude at your last job may affect your reputation at your next.

So before you hand in that resignation letter, here are 10 important dos and don’ts to help make your last waltz out the door a smooth and positive one:

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