22 May 2017 · by Laura Smith Resignation Letter Tips and Template
So you have secured your next role – congratulations!
Now you need to go through the process of resigning with your existing company. Writing a resignation letter can be an equally exciting and daunting experience for many people, but it is just one small part of the resignation process. Often accompanied by an exit interview, your letter is a formal acknowledgement that you would like to leave your job and provide your company with the necessary notice period.
Regardless of whether your experience has been positive or not, it is likely you will be asking your current employer for a reference for your next job and possibly even the one after that. As such, your letter should be polite and straight to the point so there is no option for confusion or crossed messages.
Your resignation letter should follow the standard layout of a letter and include the following information:
- Your address
- The date
- Your full job title
- Your proposed end date (taking into consideration your full notice period)
- Your full name
- Your signature
You may also want to include your reasons for moving on:
- You have secured a job elsewhere
- You felt a new role elsewhere would be beneficial for your career progression
- You are planning on changing careers
- Personal or family matters or illness
You do not need to include:
- Details of your new role or company
- Details of personal matters or illnesses
- Negative information about the company and/or your team and seniors
Further information may be covered in your exit interview but it’s advisory to remain positive and professional and not include details which could leave you with a tarnished reputation.
Click here to download our resignation letter template that you can adapt and use.