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Sample Resignation Letter: Don't Get Fancy

        posted by , December 11, 2012

If you're planning to resign it's essential to write up a quick resignation letter.

Resignation letters are considered legal documents. There's no need to get creative with your letter. In fact, it's probably a bad idea.

The key items to include in a resignation letter are:

your name
the name of your organization
the name and title of your boss
date you presented the letter
statement that you're resigning
your job title
effective date of resignation
thank your organization for the opportunities they've provided
state that you enjoyed your position
offer to help through the transition of your leaving
your signature


(your name)
(your address)

(date you presented the letter)

(name of your boss)
(title of your boss)
(name of your organization)
(address of your organization)

Dear (name of your boss):

I would like to inform you that I am resigning from my position as (name of your position) for (name of your organization), effective (effective date).

Thank you for the opportunities for professional development that you have provided me during (duration of your employment e.g. the past 10 years). I have enjoyed working for (name of your organization) and appreciate the support provided me during my tenure with the organization.

If I can be of help during this transition, please let me know.


(your signature)

(your name)

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