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resignation letter - what to say

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  1. Dr Diversity

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    Looks like I will be writing a resignation letter tonight. Moving on to greener pastures. Any tips on what to say? Obviously not going to burn any boats - an unburnt boat got me this job.

    I want it to be non descript but complete. Suggestions welcomed
     
  2. deanym

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    outline that you can't see a defined path of development with the company and your next job gives you step up you feel you need at this stage of your career.

    Although in truth you don't need to give a reason, just a very overly polite statement that you're moving on wouldn't offend anyone.
     
  3. Ed Selley

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    Be complimentary, say you've enjoyed yourself (even if you haven't) and if you are working a notice period, promise to try and tie everything up and if relevant offer to help find a replacement.

    Seemed to work for me last time 'round.
     
  4. Mep

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    why are you leaving.....do opportunities for promotion etc not exist where you are now for example?
     
  5. Squiffy

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    Dear xxxx,

    Please accept this letter as notice that I am resigning my position. My last day at work will be xxxx.

    This is a move solely for career development reasons. I have very much enjoyed my time at xxx, and have no issues at all with my colleagues, my managers or my work.

    I wish you all the best for the future.

    Regards,
    XXXXXXXXXXX

    Make sure the letter is dated. IMHO the most important thing is to make explicit what your final day at work will be - it removes any confusion over when your notice is effective from.
     
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    My workmate has just (last week) resigned from his job.

    He emailed his boss who sits approximately 2ft away, it simply said.

    Please accept this as formal notice of my resignation.

    I like the mans style.
     
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    Having resigned from far to many jobs I have only ever said something along the lines of:

    Dear X,

    Please accept this as my official resignation and one months notice effective from today my last day being x.

    Kind Regards.


    Really doesnt need to be fancy although you could add something like 'and if I ever see you in the streets your a dead man/woman!!!' Always spices things up a bit!!
     
  8. Dr Diversity

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    I like it but would it be effective over 20 feet :)
     
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    Thanks Squiffy but I am not sure about the kisses at the end :)
     
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    ''Dear ************* ********* ****** Face

    Thank you for the last 15 years (I'm guessing here) of ******* ************ *********** of *************** hell. Unfortunately, a much as I'd love to ******* ******* spoon ************** with a donkey, I feel that I need to resign my postion as cheif butt ********, **********-*************.

    I wish the company good fortune in it's endevours but if you ever contact me again, Iwill ************ ***************** with a whole ********** ********** and *********************** without oxygen!!!

    Best regards''



    There, that should work nicely.
     
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    It is worth giving the true reason for the resignation - lossing experienced staff is exceptionally costly and whilst it can damage your long term prospects some companies will try to rectify the issues in an attempt to prevent your resignation.
     
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    Hmmm - the company I work for would jump at the chance, they can then pay someone else less for the same job
     
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    I quit! :laugh:
     
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    Doing a big turd on your bosses desk and sticking a flag in it saying 'I Quit' normally does the job. :smashin:
     
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    Forgiving boss then Mark?
     
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    Less - not possible here unless you go below the minimum wage :)
     
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    Would a hand written flag be too informal? :rotfl:
     
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    Thanks Dave, I have lifted a few bits of text. Shame that they prevent cut & paste. I had to read & type!
     
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    Given the white paper our HR MD wrote on the cost of lossing staff, even if you cut the replacements wages by 10% it would basically be 10 years before you saw a benefit
     
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    The b*****ds have just offered me a couple of tasty projects. Now, do I still resign and go for the extra dosh??
     
  22. Squiffy

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    Hmmm. Tricky. Are these projects things that you really want to do? Will they enhance your CV and enable you to get an even better job?

    And have you resigned yet? Will this prejudice how you might be treated if you stay on?
     
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    Good points from Squiffy. It depends a lot on your own mentality and how set you were on leaving.
     
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    Just to expand with my own experience.

    I was all set to leave an employer and had a new job lined up. But literally the day before I was due to hand in my letter of resignation they asked me to go and work in Florida for three months.

    So I stalled the new job offer, went to Florida, had a great time, and then resigned when I got back. I then took the other job, no problems.

    Another company where I resigned they offered all sorts of inducements to keep me. However, I knew that these inducements were simply to keep me during some problem times for the company, and it was likely that I'd never quite be trusted if I remained. So my resignation went ahead.

    Only you can decide what is best in your situation.
     
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    if they are paying minimum wage they are basically saying "we would pay you less if we could!" so perhaps your initial view was correct. BUT as Sqiffy says if these projects raise your profile and help you career wise either with this company or by providing you with more experience to help in future job hunts they are worth considering. Hope you didn't buy too many new shirts! :)
     
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    Not as effective as a lad I knew, resigned by smacking the foreman in the mouth. To be honest both of them were half-wits. :suicide:
     
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    A good technique if you need to get out of any long notice periods.... :cool:
     
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    My current salary is not great but the new one would add about 5K to it, also a bit nearer to work and shorter hours. I think I am going to hand in my notice and see what happens....
     
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    I left my employer a few months ago and they were in a bit of doo-doo because of the project I was working on (I was the only one that could do what the customer wanted). They tired to make me feel guilty for leaving but I told them my mind had been made up. Because of this they offered me a contract for about 5 times my salary! :thumbsup: (Not saying that that's what will happen to everyone). :thumbsdow

    Anyway, back to the original point - I think that because you are thinking about resigning then you've already made you mind up! :)

    Moosh
     
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    Thanks guys. I will print off the letter tonight. When Mrs D confirms the post has arrived then I will visit the manager. I'll let you know how it goes. There have already been four or five resignations in this month so I guess the company must be giving the employment terms some thought....
     

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