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November 02, 2018

How to Approach Writing Your Resignation Letter

First and foremost, it must be noted that the resignation should only happen once a formal offer has been extended and accepted. Unless you are prepared to be without work, do not give your notice until you are certain you will be transitioning into a new opportunity. The resignation letter, albeit feels more of a formality than a utility, is a very necessary element of employment and in some cases, a contractual obligation.


Remember that a well-written resignation letter has the ability to solidify a meaningful relationship with your soon to be former employer. Keep the letter formal and concise. Stipulate that it is notice of termination of your employment and from when it is effective. Thank your employer for the opportunity whilst keeping it professional (not emotive or emotional).


Do not burn bridges or air grievances. Refrain from using negative language or implying any negativity. The letter should not have the reason for your decision to leave. If that is something you wish to disclose, do so verbally.

What now?

Assuming that you are not handing in your resignation the day you intend to leave, remember to work through the notice period with the professionalism you exhibited during your tenure. If one has not already been organized and you wish to have one, politely ask for an exit interview or something of that nature.

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