How To Gracefully Resign From Your Job

Today I had the very awkward task of resigning from my job. I’ve never had to actually resign before and I wasn’t so sure how to do it. Thank goodness for Google and supervisor friends who came to the rescue! While I came across one resignation letter that was awesome, but totally inappropriate for most people to write, it was great to know I wasn’t in this shaky boat alone!

Despite the fact that it’s just an incredibly weird situation no matter who you are, proper resignations are a necessity. Even if you absolutely hate your job and you can’t run away fast enough, dismiss the urge to be rude. Instead, here’s how you can say goodbye to your current employer in a graceful manner.

Mooning your boss isn't the right way to go!

Mooning your boss isn’t the right way to go!

Write a formal resignation letter. Even if you’re leaving a small company, it’s always best to have a tangible letter that outlines the position you’re leaving and your last working day. Having hard copies of this can save you headaches later, plus it acts as a little bit of a barrier during this awkward situation.

Keep it simple. You don’t need to tell your current employer why you’re leaving. Instead, keep it short and positive. Resignation letters only need to be a few sentences and should thank the company for everything they have taught you during your tenure there. Here are some sample letters. Pick one and just input the appropriate information to help keep things easy peasy!

Try not to rub it into your coworkers that you’re leaving. Your coworkers may not be as happy as you are that you’re leaving. Try not to rub it in their faces that you’re off to the world’s best job!

Don’t burn bridges. Even though you may want to tell your boss they did a crappy job at teaching you anything, don’t. Instead, pick one or two skills you’ve learned and focus on those. This will help keep you in their good graces in case you ever need a reference from them later!

Don’t stop working. It’s going to be very tempting to just wash your hands of everything since you’re leaving anyway, but that’s a bad idea. Be a good employee and offer to help transition any projects you might have to new people. This is one of those times when you hope someone would do the same for you, so don’t be a big jerk. Help out (if you can) until your last day.

Don’t take it personally if your boss seems a bit upset. Most times this will blow over relatively quickly, but some bosses don’t take rejection very well. They might ask you to leave immediately or give you a bit of the cold shoulder. If this happens, remember to stay professional. You will soon be moving onto a bigger and better opportunity so graciously say thank you for everything and let it go.

Now, it’s your turn! Have you ever resigned? Tell us the good and the bad!


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