When you accept a job with a new employer, it is good news for you, but bad news for your current employer. This week’s homework draws upon Chapter 16, Employment Communication, and calls for you to write a formal letter of resignation. For purposes of this assignment, you may fictionalize the name of the company and your supervisor. You may also consult Chapter 6, Correspondence, which has examples of letter format.
Effective letters of resignation are presented in a timely manner. Since most employers require two weeks notice, include the current date at the top, your last day of employment in the first sentence of the letter, and make sure there are at least 14 days between the two. In addition, effective letters of resignation demonstrate thankfulness and humility. Thank your employer for the opportunity, and do not brag or boast about your new job. It is possible that at some point in the future you may want to return to that organization, or you may need a recommendation or reference, so never burn bridges.
Effective letters of resignation are concise, clear, and complete. The recommended length of this assignment is one page.