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Video:How to Write a Resignation Letter

with Meghan Lynn Allen

Learn how to write a resignation letter in order to leave a company on good terms, but pursue different opportunities. Check out some tips for writing the resignation letter when it is time to leave a job.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Write a Resignation Letter

Hi! This is Meghan Lynn Allen for About.com, and today we'll discuss how to write a resignation letter. How you write a resignation letter is important for a couple of reasons.

Include Important Information in the Resignation Letter

First of all, you may need a reference from that current employer. And second, that letter will be kept in your permanent employee file, including the date, the name of your supervisor, the name of your company and their address. And start with a very simple salutation - for example, Dear Mr Smith. It's always good to include your last day of work, and try to include proper notice - usually, it's two weeks. And it's okay to say thank you - thank you to your employer for the opportunities they've provided.

Keep the Resignation Letter Brief

It's always good to err on the side of professional rather than personal when writing a resignation letter. There's no need to get into lengthy explanations about why you are resigning.If you're resigning under personal circumstances, it is okay to include a reason, like you're relocating or going back to school.If it's feasible, or applicable, offer to help during the transition and afterwards. Your offer to help may be declined, but it will be appreciated. And include your name, contact information, how to get a hold of you.

Resignation Letters are Not for Venting Frustrations

Even if you hate your job, don't say it. Remember that this letter will be kept in your permanent employee record. So do nothing more than include the basic, be positive, and keep it professional.Remember that it's best to resign in person, and then follow up with that formal resignation letter. If circumstances are such that you must resign by e-mail, then please, keep that e-mail just as professional as you would the letter. Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.
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