Is a Resignation your Resolution?

A new year brings new resolutions and some of these resolutions will pertain to your career.  There have been several blogs and articles written about this as 2014 has come upon us.  With new career transitions comes giving notice to your employer and writing a resignation letter, which is why I would like to focus for a few minutes on writing a resignation letter.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind when writing your resignation letter:

Keep it simple – Resignation letters should be written as a formal letter, but kept simple and to the point.

Maintain brevity –Keep the letter to one page and no more than two to three paragraphs.

Provide notice – The first paragraph should state your resignation and give sufficient notice, which in most cases is two weeks.

Show appreciation –The second paragraph should thank the company for the opportunity they have provided you and show your gratitude.

Wrap it up – Construct a closing sentence and signature.  Remember to keep a positive tone throughout the letter as this is not the place to air grievances or settle old scores.  You never know what your future holds and you do not want to hinder any business relationships.

Remember, you should always give your notice in person but you’ll also need to construct this formal written letter to hand your employer for their records.  So, if a new position is one of your New Year’s resolutions, remember to think through your transition with your current employer and be prepared using these quick resignation letter tips.  

Kayla Hansen

Kayla Hansen joined Aureus Group Finance and Accounting in January 2012. She specializes in finding top talent throughout the midwest to include accountants, financial analysts, controllers, etc. for clients in a wide variety of industries.  Kayla has a bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising from Wayne State College.  In her free time she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jason, and their dog, Gizzmo.  She also loves attending concerts, various sporting events, and is an avid DIY-er.  Kayla is an active Wish Granter through Make-A-Wish of Nebraska, and really values the time spent enhancing the lives of wish families throughout the organization.

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