Resignation faq questions
What is a resignation letter?
A resignation letter is a formal document in which the author makes his/her official resignation from a position or office. It is usually handled to a direct supervisor.
Why should I always hand in a resignation letter?
First of all: to keep good relations with the employer and organization you have been working with in order to keep certain benefits intact (letters of recommendation, references, etc.).
Even though an oral resignation may be acceptable in some instances, a resignation letter can be filed by both the employer and the employee and be used for legal reasons if required.
Resignation letters are also important because the employee can use them to anticipate the date when he/she is definitely leaving the position, thus, giving the employer the time to find an appropriate replacement.
How should I write a resignation letter?
There are many ways to write one, depending on the circumstances and the job you are resigning from, however, there are specific details and information that cannot be missing from a resignation letter. Check our Resignation letter samples if you want to make your own letter easily.
Something to keep in mind is that a resignation letter has to be as brief and simple as possible, in order to make its purpose clear. It is also important, because of politeness, to include a thank-you note and to include the final date of work at the company/organization.
Always write your letter in neutral English, this is, very formal English.
Should I mention my reasons to resign?
Not necessarily. Whenever you are resigning because of a problem at the company it is better not to include it in the letter; in case you feel like talking about it then do it in private. It is very acceptable to include your reasons in the letter when they are positive ones (a better opportunity, an important trip, etc.) but not mandatory.