“Do you mind if I send your resignation letter to the entire company?”
That’s what the CEO of Deloitte Consulting asked me after receiving my resignation letter.
2 days later he sent my resignation letter to over 10,000 employees. Yes, 10,000!
Here is a screenshot of his message:
In this article, I’m going to show you exactly what my resignation letter said, plus I’m going to give you written out examples so that you can copy and paste mine and make it your own! If you’re looking for a straight-forward sample resignation letter and you don’t want to burn any bridges when you quit, this article is for you! It doesn’t matter if you’re an executive or a junior analyst, how you send this appreciative resignation letter doesn’t matter.
Before I dive into how to write the best resignation letter you’ll ever send, here’s one question you need the answer to:
Should I give a two weeks notice when I quit my job?
My answer to this is simple: Yes.
AT LEAST two weeks but two weeks notice is standard.
But, Robbie – What If I hate the job and they treat me like dirt?
Still, give two weeks notice. The only reason for this is that it is a VERY small world, and if you burn any bridges by leaving early and not transitioning over to the next person, they will remember that for the rest of their life. And when they run into you later in your career (and trust me you will), they won’t give you the benefit of the doubt.
So, give a two weeks notice.
If you love them and they love you, give the 3 weeks.
Anything more than 3 weeks, you’re a little crazy 🙂 But, in all seriousness, the goal is to leave on the best terms possible. So do everything in your power to do that and giving at least a two weeks notice is the LEAST you can do.
If the first time your company hears that you’re resigning is over email, you’re doing it wrong. I don’t care how badly they treated you, do not resign over email.
If you haven’t quit yet and want more information on quitting the right way, please refer to my ultimate guide to quitting your job article.
OK, Let’s dive into it.
This is the exact process of writing a resignation letter.
You need to send two, yes, two resignation letters. (P.S. when I say “letters”, I really mean emails. You don’t need to write a physical letter)
- Formal Resignation Letter to HR and your boss
- The Simple Goodbye email to all your colleagues
The first example I’ll show you is the best way to send formal resignation letter.
The Formal Resignation Letter Template:
The purpose of this is to let HR know your intention of leaving the company and when your last day is.
Nothing more, nothing less.
It looks like this: