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Stuck with what to write in your resignation letter?

Posted: 18th Oct 2018

Congratulations! You have been offered a new and exciting role elsewhere! This opportunity is offering better benefits package, more responsibility and a better salary. However, why does it taste so bitter sweet?

Probably because you have to hand in your resignation notice? It’s all starting to feel so real and you have a number of worries floating through your mind. How do I bring this up with my boss?

What if I seem disloyal?

Am I burning my bridges?

As soon as you have been offered the job in writing, it’s time to get a private meeting in the diary with your boss so that you can hand in your resignation. Schedule this meeting sooner rather than later so that it’s not left hanging over you, and in the meantime, keep in mind the below points.

If you’re stuck with what to write in your resignation letter; here are a few tips!

Inform your manager of your decision. You don’t have to be too blunt here, especially if you are genuinely sad to be leaving. For example, you could say something like “It is with regret, that I have decided to move on.”

Confirm when you would like your last working day to be as per your contracted notice. This could be 1 week, 1 month or 3 months!

State that you are happy to help with any handovers or training your replacement

End on a note of gratitude and well-wishing. For example “I would like to thank you for your support and training during my time here, and I wish you and the team every success in the future”.

If you wish, you can go into greater detail as to why you are leaving, but this isn’t necessary. There will be a chance to do this during the meeting when you hand in your notice. This brings me onto my next point.

Panicking about the meeting? Don’t worry too much about the meeting itself. Nine times out of ten, it will only be awkward if you make it. Remember, your manager is an experienced professional, they will have been in this situation before, and are therefore unlikely to find the meeting uncomfortable.

Your manager will more than likely ask where you are moving on to, and they may ask why. If so, then again, remember that you want to leave on good terms, and talk about the reasons this opportunity is too good to turn down as opposed to why you no longer want to work for the business. This meeting should just be about confirming your resignation, telling your boss about this new role, and thanking them in person for all the support they have given you in getting to this stage in your career.

On your last day, sincerely thank your managers and colleagues for making your time at the company so special.

Once you have left, stay in contact with your former colleagues. Keep an eye out for any upcoming individual or team successes and send your congratulations their way, be it via email, on social media, or even a card.

Remember that when it comes to your wider career goals, you have to be strategic and put yourself first. Any good manager will know this and should support you in this exciting new step towards meeting them. Once you look at this way, there really is no need to be worried about handing in your notice.