Last year, I chose to resign from my job as it had come a time where I felt I needed to move on. I worked as an administrator at a financial institution and my duties involved data entry, preparing reports and data research. It was my first job after graduation and I had been there for 2 years so resigning was a very difficult decision.
Over the past few months, the workload began to increase and redundancies were looming. Cracks were beginning to show at the company. Despite employment opportunities being slim in the current economic climate, I was confident that I would be able to find a new job - one that had more social hours and had career progression possibilities.
This article will detail the resignation process and also provide tips and advice on how to resign from a job gracefully.
Writing a Resignation Letter
One of the tasks that you will have to do when resigning is to write your own resignation letter. I had a bunch of difficulty getting up with something to express my decision to leave but luckily a search for resignation letter sample in search engines turned up quite a few useful sites which had free templates and examples.
In general, your resignation letter should be formatted as:
Salutation (i.e. Dear, To, etc)
Opening Paragraph (Open with a brief explanation of your decision to quit)
Middle paragraph (Recite fond memories and/or experiences learnt from your duty)
Closing Paragraph (A few words of thanks to your manager and/or senior staff)
Complimentary Close (i.e. Sincerely, Yours Faithfully, With Respect, Regards, etc)
Make Use of Resignation Examples
It could take you hours to write a resignation letter, especially if you are starting from scratch. To further up the rule I would advise taking a look at some resignation letter templates to help you get excited so that you get an idea of how to structure your letter correctly and what it should contain.
These examples can be easily modified to include your own details so it will save you a lot of time. They were a large help for me when and I don't think my letter would have been as effective without the using of samples.
Final Tip - Leave Gracefully
There are many reasons for leaving a job and even if the source of your resignation was due to some tension or conflict it is always better to part on good terms and with dignity. Refrain from expressing your frustrations in your letter of resignation as it is not the appropriate time for it.
Although it may be difficult to find some good words to say about the company and staff, you should try to remember what it was like when you first joined the company, the facilities they provided and the welcome they gave you. If you cannot find something good to say, something brief and generic will suffice.
A number of women perform the blunder of making harsh comments about the company and staff in a resignation letter which they end up regretting after they leave. It's best to leave gracefully and at peace so that you do not have to worry about the judgment from others.